21 April 2016

Council offers free street party celebrations

Wandsworth council have got into the swing of the Queen's 90th celebrations. They say:

With the nation preparing to celebrate this historic royal milestone the council is urging people to get together with friends and neighbours to host a memorable street party.

And to encourage more people to take part, councillors have decided that the £50 charge for organising a royal birthday street party should be removed. Now there will be no charge – meaning residents can spend a bit more on flags, bunting, food and drink. 

As well as waiving the fee, the council has also stripped away all the bureaucracy and red tape for hosting street parties. All the information that’s required to arrange a road closure and fulfil the legal requirements can be submitted online via a simple questionnaire.

This simple procedure means there is nothing to stop residents setting up tables and chairs and staging a great neighbourhood get-together to mark this historic occasion.

The Queen’s actual birthday is on April 21, but there will be a series of national events between May 12 and May 15, while the official birthday celebration will be held on Saturday, June 11 when this year’s Trooping the Colour takes place at Horse Guards Parade. Further nationwide celebrations are planned for Sunday, June 12 to coincide with the Patron’s Lunch - a huge street party for 10,000 guests on The Mall.

The borough is already hosting 34 street parties and is hoping to build on that tally and perhaps surpass the 67 that were held across Wandsworth to celebrate the 2011 royal wedding. All the residents who have previously paid for a royal birthday road closure are being reimbursed.

Residents must bear in mind that there are some streets that cannot be closed for a party. These would include main roads whose closure would create too much congestion in the area, Transport for London controlled red routes, or those which are part of a bus route.

To find out more about street closures and to apply online visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/streetparties. Organisers can also call (020) 8871 6712 or email streetworks@wandsworth.gov.uk for advice.

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