Help is at hand for individuals planning an outdoor public event19 Jan 2011
With the Royal wedding coming up in April 2011 and both the Olympics and the Jubilee celebrations coming to Britain in 2012, many communities may well be thinking of organising their own street party to join in the celebrations. Such communal activities often cut across social, class, cultural and generational divides encouraging residents to come together to share food, conversation and hopefully good times. This can help people to feel better about where they live and encourage community bonds to be formed.
Help is now at hand for organising such activities with guidelines now available online at the Horsham District Council website. A short FAQ and Checklist has been produced including a simple form to apply for a road closure for people planning a private street party for residents and neighbours. More comprehensive guidelines are also available for people planning larger public events.
Thanks to Eric Pickles, the Community Minister, who has removed much of the red tape councils had to adhere to, it is now easier to close streets for private neighbourhood parties. However event organisers are always advised to check with their local Council about their plans because for some activities a Temporary Events Notice (a type of temporary license) or other permits may be required.
Visit www.horsham.gov.uk and click on ‘Events In The District’ to download guidance notes. These provide an outline of what to consider, who to contact and what arrangements need to be in place to organise a safe public event.
CONTACT: Sarah Hogben, Marketing and Events Manager