Council scraps fees for Jubilee Street parties

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Kent County Council (KCC) has waived fees for wards to hold street parties for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend in June.

The move means residents have until March 31 to submit plans for their one-day street party proposal held over the four-day weekend, and won’t have to pay the usual £75 fee for such an event, KCC confirmed this week.

Organizers must, however, agree not to advertise their event or charge residents a fee to attend. They must also limit attendance to street residents only.

KCC says organizers must also make sure they consult with residents who will be affected by the road closure to ensure there are no objections and to ensure all rubbish is cleared away .

The street closure must not block emergency vehicles, disabled parking spaces, businesses or public parking lots.

KCC’s new confirmed chair, Lesley Game, said: “This moment gives us the opportunity to come together and celebrate one of our greatest institutions in this country.

KCC Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, David Brazier, added: “I am really pleased that we are able to waive the application fee for neighborhood groups wishing to apply for their road to be closed for a Jubilee Street Party.

“Where it is inappropriate to close a suggested route due to public transit or other factors, officers will work with applicants to find an alternative that suits everyone,” he said.

Platinum Jubilee celebrations to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne are due to begin on June 2.

Party planners can apply through KCC’s Platinum Jubilee Street Party page

By Victoria Roberts

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