Road closure fees waived for 75VE Day street parties in May

Published Friday, 31 January 2020

Applications from residents and Street Friends applying to hold a street party to commemorate in support of the 75th anniversary of VE Day are being processed free of charge.

The news follows the early May bank holiday being moved to Friday, May 8 to coincide with Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day, which marks the 75th anniversary of the formal end of World War II. It will be the first day of a long weekend featuring numerous commemorative events across the country. Applicants for street parties are being encouraged to apply in good time, to allow for the application to be processed and potential road closure orders to be issued.  The closing date for street party applications on the bank holiday weekend on either Friday 8 May, Saturday 9 May or Sunday 10 May is in 4 weeks time, on 28 February 2020.

“I am very pleased to confirm that we are able to waive the fees for road closures for street parties being held on the VE Day Bank Holiday weekend.  Most of us of course were not even born when Winston Churchill waved to the crowds in Whitehall on that famous day in 1945 and it is right to remember and commemorate what was achieved on that day.  It is a time when residents can come together in this way and the community spirit it generates sits neatly alongside the work of Street Friends” said Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment and Community Services.

Councillor Huntington-Thresher added, “We are grateful to Street Friends and residents for reporting street problems they come across and together, we can achieve much.  Whilst we cannot always waive these fees, it’s part of the reason that I am pleased to confirm that the council is once again do this, including all the administration and legal costs.”

The same arrangements in support of Big Lunch 2020, on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June also apply, with road closure fees also being waived and the closing date for applications for this weekend event being 31 March 2020.

Whilst party organisers always need the council’s permission to hold an event on the road or pavement, fees only normally apply if a road needs to be closed.  The confirmation of road closure fees being waived in support the Big Lunch follow the pattern in previous years and also support the council’s Street Friends initiative. 

By bulk processing the anticipated larger number of applications for the 75th VE Day, efficiencies are made, enabling the potential associated road closures to be processed without the normal road closure fee, which is also being waived in support of the Big Lunch in June 2020.

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 (23 feet). The council will be interested to hear about the applicant’s plans and if the street party will also be marking a significant date or event for the local community; it would therefore be appreciated if applicants could briefly summarise their intentions for the day when applying. 

Once approved, the council will inform the emergency services, public utility and bus companies of the planned street party. 

Further information about street parties.

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