No stress street parties

WITH today the 60th anniversary of the accession Queen Elizabeth, Suffolk County Council has announced that it is making street party stress a thing of the past by simplifying the application process.


Previously, the responsibility of approving street parties rested with district and borough councils, as well as the county council.


From Wednesday 8 February, the county council will be the only council responsible for all street party applications, making the process smoother for organisers of events taking place on Suffolk highways.


Now, those considering organising a street party in Suffolk only have to follow a few simple steps to obtain a Special Events Order through the county council’s website or over the phone via Customer Service Direct.


The change follows a call from Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, for councils to make it easier for residents to celebrate the Jubilee.


To ensure minimal impact on traffic flow, the county council is urging party organisers to consider celebrating in community areas such as recreation grounds, cul-de-sacs and ‘no through roads’. Residents will incur no fee if they are able to do this.


Councillor Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Roads and Transport said; “I am thrilled that we are able to make organising a street party more of a stress free event this year. These kind of celebrations are a traditional part of community life and a good way to meet neighbours and make new friends.


"With the application process a lot simpler and with no cost for those who avoid affecting the traffic flow, we are confident this will be a recipe for success for many residents. Out aim is to ensure everyone is able to enjoy the Jubilee weekend and that organisers jobs a lot easier by cutting the amount of 'red tape' that can often surround these events."


Celebrations will centre around an extended weekend on 2, 3, 4 and 5 June, and party organisers are urged to contact the county council as early as possible.

By Becky Whiting on February 6th, 2012