Background to the proposal that was put to the Licensing Committee to streamline the existing road closure process.
The Licensing Team Manager, D King introduced the report for information on the arrangements for road closures and street parties. The UK had a long history of organised street parties to celebrate national events and this year residents were encouraged to come together as part of the official Platinum Jubilee celebrations and to organise and host street parties across the bank holiday weekend.
To facilitate this, local authorities were asked to encourage these events by promoting them through their communication channels and by facilitating any necessary road closures etc.
In March this year a proposal was put to the Licensing Committee to streamline the existing road closure process and make it more accessible for residents. This was agreed and the following changes were implemented:
This recommendation is in line with Governments guidance to organising a street party Your guide to organising a street party - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Following the sad passing of Her Majesty The Queen, it has now been confirmed that His Majesty King Charles The III’s coronation will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023.
At this time, it was not known if the proceeding Friday or following Monday will be made a bank holiday. Irrespective of a bank holiday or not it is anticipated that residents will again be encouraged to celebrate this momentous occasion and accordingly local authorities will be expected to make the process as easy as possible.
Given the success of the process adopted for Her Majesty The Queens Jubilee, it was proposed that the same application process be adopted for His Majesty King Charles The III’s coronation. This was agreed by the Committee.
Councillor Morgan asked if the fees would remain the same. Mr King said he did not know at this time and was looking into this.
1. That the current procedures for local authority involvement in the authorisation for road closures and street parties were noted; and
2. That this process remains in place for the coming Kings Coronation in May 2023.