Communities are being advised to contact Nottinghamshire County Council as soon as possible for support and advice if they are planning street parties to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Last year more than 80 street parties were organised to celebrate the Royal Wedding in Nottinghamshire which required county council assistance in terms of traffic orders.
The council is anticipating an increase in the number of requests following the success of last year’s events.
A handful of communities in Notts have made contact already with County’s Highways teams to seek advice on holding Jubilee street parties.
The council forecasts that the period between Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 10 – which also includes Bank Holidays and school holidays – will be very busy with street party Jubilee celebrations.
The authority is keen to build on the experience of last year where many communities hosted memorable street parties following the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Notts County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, Richard Jackson said: “We removed as much of the bureaucracy as possible for authorising street parties last year during the Royal Wedding, and are again looking forward to helping people organise their street parties for the Jubilee Celebrations.
“I would anticipate that the celebrations could grow following last year. People had a taste of street celebrations last year and with more days in which to celebrate with the Bank Holidays we expect there will be a lot of demand for organising street parties.
“We aim to get rid of red tape and are keen to work with communities to help them lay on their celebrations but we do advise people to get in touch as early as possible so we can help with the organisation of their particular event.”
To reduce costs for all Jubilee events, the county council welcomes early applications and hope to hear from people in the county as soon as possible.
On the day of the celebrations where locations are approved, the council will provide organisers with required traffic signs. Highways staff will deliver signs to a pre-arranged address and collect them after the event. In more complex areas organisers may be required to provide additional signs. The council aims to create ‘traffic free environments’ for approved parties, which effectively stops traffic from going into the designated area during a set time.
People can find out more by visiting the Notts County Council website