Here in Reading there are lots of plans already afoot for celebrating the Jubilee and the Olympic year. I’m excited about a couple of the things planned in Whitley for example but there are lots of different events all over town.
If you are interested in organising one the council will waive the road closure fee or you can organise a ‘Big Lunch’ with your neighbours.
Council press release below:
Reading residents are being invited to apply to the Council if they want to hold a street party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee or the London 2012 Olympic Games this summer, and the good news is that in Reading it won’t cost you a penny to close your street to traffic.
Application packs are being sent out to people who have already enquired about having a street party during this time. We are hoping that even more streets take part than last year, when Reading saw 16 Street Parties take place across the Borough to celebrate the Royal Wedding in April.
For all approved applications, the Council has waived the usual road closure fee so that residents can celebrate without any extra costs.
Any street party in Reading will not be liable for any fee on the following conditions:
— It is for fewer than 500 people
— It is only publicised to local residents
— Any music is only incidental
— No selling is involved
— It is organised by residents rather than professional planners
If you want to have a bar where people can pay for drinks or you intend to have entertainment for the wider public or you plan to charge people for entry to your event, you will need a Temporary Event Licence, which costs £21 from the Council’s Licensing Department.
However if organising a Street Party seems a little daunting why not get involved with this year’s ‘Big Lunch’ We are encouraging residents to take part in the forth ‘Big Lunch’ celebration which takes place on Sunday 3 June as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The Big Lunch is an initiative to celebrate neighbourliness across the UK by encouraging communities to come together for lunch once a year. Reading communities are being urged to pack a picnic, head to their nearest green space and make friends with each other. For further information please visit www.thebiglunch.com.
For more information on the Big Lunch or for your street party application pack call Lucy Burgess on 0118 937 2771 or email@example.com. All street party applications should be returned by Monday 30 April, at the latest.
Cllr Marian Livingston, Lead Councillor for Culture and Sport said: “The Queen’s Jubilee is a momentous occasion worthy of celebration. Street parties are a great way for friends, neighbours and families to get together. Don’t miss out. Book your street closure now!”