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Road closure fees for street parties to be waived for Royal Wedding

PUBLISHED: 09:09 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:09 17 January 2018

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Picture: PA

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Picture: PA

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Road closure fees for Bromley street parties related to the Royal Wedding and the Big Lunch are being waived.

Applications must be received by the council by March 9 – this will ensure that applications from residents and other community groups allow sufficient time for processing and potential road closure orders to be issued.

The Big Lunch - the UK’s annual get together for neighbours, began in 2009.

To celebrate this, many decide to get together with neighbours for small gathers in garden parks, to larger parties on the street.

Fees that normally apply of £552 for roads requiring closure will be postponed for both occasions.

William Huntington-Thresher, executive councillor for the environment, said: “The Royal Wedding will be one of the highlights of 2018 and I expect that many residents will be looking to celebrate the occasion.

“It will be a great time to bring our communities and neighbourhoods together and the council would like to facilitate your celebrations.”

Organisers need the council’s permission to hold parties on the road or pavement but fees only normally apply if the road needs to be closed. Closures are sometimes necessary to ensure the safety of people attending the party as well as pedestrians and motorists needing to access the road.

Councillor Huntington-Thresher added: “I am pleased to say that our borough’s history of street parties and the community spirit it represents is continuing – and our Street Friends are a shining example of this.

“I would encourage anyone wishing to hold street parties to apply in good time and if this inspires you to make your neighbourhood a better place, think about joining Street Friends or find out more about other ways to volunteer from our website www.bromley.gov.uk/volunteering.”

Street party applications for the date of Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle on May 19 and the Big Lunch on June 3 must be received by the deadline of March 9, and will be permitted on either a Saturday or Sunday of both weekends.

Organisers and residents attending street parties and other events are reminded to be aware of security and to remain vigilant at all times – including not leaving bags unattended, keeping valuables locked away and out of sight, and locking doors and windows, if appropriate.

Organisers are advised to visit the Big Lunch website www.edenprojectcommunities.com/thebiglunch for further information.

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