Should communities have to pay for street parties?

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Should communities have to pay for street parties?
6th June 2014

A community in Bromley is calling for legal charges to host street parties to be scrapped. 

Clock House Road has been host to a number of free street parties during the last three years including celebrations for the royal wedding, 2012 Olympics and the Queens Diamond Jubilee. 

But householders have now been told they’ll have to foot a £543 charge for a legal road closure if they want to host future parties. 

A spokesman, speaking on behalf of residents, said: “We are having to cancel what was becoming a great annual get together of neighbours.

“I could give you a long list of positives that this street party has done. It's what being a neighbour and local community is all about.”

But councillor Colin Smith, Executive Councillor for Environment, said the cost was ‘unavoidable for legal reasons’ for organisers in certain categories of road. 

He said: “In this way, general council taxpayers are not responsible for the costs of road closure which is ultimately borne by the party organiser and attendees, with the processes and the well-advertised deadlines on the Council’s website available to all.”

He added there has been no change in the council policy but road closure costs were waived during national events, such as the royal wedding, due to multiple applications ‘diluting the costs of doing for for the wider public interest’. 



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