Big Lunch street party applications

Published Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Applications from residents wishing to hold a street party in support of the Big Lunch 2015 are being processed free of charge by the council.

The normal fees to cover legal and other processing costs are being waived and sponsorship is being sought instead. Residents are advised to apply for permission by 27 March and application forms are available to download from the council’s website

The Big Lunch is being held on Sunday 7 June but applications for Saturday 6 June will also be treated as Big Lunch street party applications. All street parties held on the public highway need council approval as road closures may need to be arranged to ensure safety.

“We have supported the Big Lunch street party initiative in the past and are very happy to do so again, as the community spirit the day generates sits perfectly alongside Bromley’s ‘Street Friends’ volunteering ethos. If you are not already a ‘Street Friend’, I would warmly encourage you to consider signing up as we know that you can help us make a real difference in your own streets and neighbourhoods. 

By waiving the fees for this year’s necessary road closures, the council will however incur an unavoidable legal cost, so if there is a sponsor out there either keen to support a good cause or seeking great exposure for their business across the Borough for a relatively small amount, this event could offer an excellent opportunity to advertise yourselves” said Councillor Colin Smith, Executive Councillor for Environment.

Councillor Smith added, “If you are thinking of holding a street party, please let us know as quickly as possible so we are aware of your intentions as early as possible but we must have your completed applications by 27 March at the very latest. All fingers firmly crossed for fine weather over the course of that weekend.”

Applications for the Big Lunch street parties must be received by the council no later than Friday 27 March to allow time for processing, including publication of legal notices. Applications received after this date may not be able to be processed in time, due to legal requirements. Once approved, the council will inform the emergency services, public utility and bus companies of the planned street party.

Party organisers are not required to have public liability insurance cover for their event but it is strongly recommended. However, they must ensure that certain conditions are met. These include having diversion and warning signs, with flashing lamps at each vehicle access point and being able to easily remove tables, chairs and other temporary objects to allow access for emergency vehicles. Similarly, banners and bunting hanging across the road must be secured at a height of at least 7 metres.            

Street party information and application forms are available at or by calling 0300 303 8658. 


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