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Road closure fees to be waived for street parties celebrating Queen's Platinum Jubilee in Suffolk



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Anyone organising street parties in Suffolk to mark The Queen's Platinum Jubilee will not have to pay fees if they need to apply for a road closure.

Suffolk County Council has announced it will be waiving fees associated with applications to close roads for street parties and other local authority led public events as part of the celebrations on Sunday, June 5.

The Queen will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee on Sunday, February 6, marking 70 years of service and events will be taking place across the country, particularly over the four-day Bank Holiday weekend between June 2 to 5 to celebrate the milestone.

Anyone organising street parties in Suffolk to mark The Queen's Platinum Jubilee will not have to pay fees if they need to apply for a road closure
Anyone organising street parties in Suffolk to mark The Queen's Platinum Jubilee will not have to pay fees if they need to apply for a road closure

For all events on Sunday, June 5, which is being referred to as the 'Big Jubilee Lunch', the county council will not be charging fees normally associated with road closures.

As part of the main criteria for a road to be closed, it must be residential with no through traffic, such as a cul-de-sac, and only resident traffic will be affected.

Councillor Paul West, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member responsible for Operational Highways, said: “This is a prestigious achievement for Her Majesty the Queen.

"To help celebrations get underway, I am glad to announce that we will be waiving fees for the events on Sunday 5 June, allowing communities to come together across Suffolk, whether it be a small gathering in a local street, or a larger event, organised by town or parish councils.

“I would like to offer my thanks to the teams involved in bringing this together, whether it be from the planning, to the delivery and collection of traffic management equipment.

“I look forward to seeing such events take place, and we welcome your photos or videos to be posted to Twitter via @SuffolkCC or @Suff_highways.”

All applications must be received before 11pm on Sunday, March 27 to be allocated traffic management to assist with an event, which will consist of five traffic cones, one road closure sign and an advance warning sign.

Any applications received after this time may still be processed, but the council cannot cover the costs of traffic management and will also not be able to provide any form of traffic management equipment.

A website has been set up for those who are looking to organise a street party as a group of residents, or as a local authority, for an event in a large public space, such as a park.

For full details, including street party event criteria, information on insurance and licences, visit this link www.suffolk.gov.uk/PlatinumJubileeEvent.

For any queries, contact Suffolk County Council's customer services team on 0345 606 6171 or email customer.services@suffolk.gov.uk.

Find more information on how to get involved in celebrating The Queen's historic reign, at platinumjubilee.gov.uk.