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Big Lunch 2017: Bromley council chiefs waive cost to stage street parties this June

PUBLISHED: 11:45 28 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:45 28 February 2017

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Community spirit boost as authority encourages communities to unite for weekend events

Organisers of street parties as part of this year’s community get-together the Big Lunch have been told they will have their applications processed free of charge by council chiefs - but warned they only have a month left to do so.

The Big Lunch is an annual event in June sparked by the Eden Project. This year’s event runs June 17-18.

The aim is simply to get as many people across the UK to have lunch with their neighbours in an act of community, friendship and fun.

Events in previous years have ranged from low-key meetings of neighbours, to street parties or major community events.

Now Bromley council chiefs are keen to highlight the benefits by slashing its normal fee for organising for roads to be closed.

Colin Smith, deputy council leader and executive councillor for environment said: “The community spirit that weekends like this generate sits perfectly alongside Bromley’s Street Friends volunteering ethos, so I am delighted to be able to confirm that the council will support the initiative again this year, with all legal and administration costs being waived for applications received for June 17 and 18.

“A street party can be a perfect way to get together with old acquaintances, as well to meet and befriend others living nearby who have perhaps only recently moved in, helping to forge stronger bonds along our streets and neighbourhoods and we can all make a difference by getting involved.”

For details on holding a street party and application forms, call 0300 303 8658. Closing date is March 31.

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