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PR1544/SB/MF     
28 March 2012            

In the run up to Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Mid Sussex District Council has already received enquiries from residents across the District who would like to host street parties. If you are thinking of holding a celebration in your street – now is the time to get planning.  

Street parties are a particularly British tradition – often linked with royal and other national events. The extended weekend of 2, 3, 4 and 5 June will mark sixty years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and, for many, will be the perfect opportunity to join with neighbours in the street for a traffic-free Diamond Jubilee celebration.  

“This year presents some excellent opportunities for communities to celebrate some very high profile national events at a local level,” said Councillor Christopher Snowling, Cabinet Member for Health and Community.  “I hope that in the coming weeks, many of our residents will be gathering to devise their local celebrations. If your street or area is planning a party, please contact us before the end of April, as we are anxious to offer help and ensure that your plans go smoothly.”  

You can find useful information about planning a community celebration on websites such as www.streetparty.org.ukwww.thebiglunch.com or www.communities.gov.uk/publications/communities/streetpartyguide.

Mid Sussex District does not make any charge for street closure applications but all requests must be made a few weeks in advance. The Council is asking those planning Diamond Jubilee celebrations this June to contact the Council before the end of April 2012 to allow enough time for the request to be processed. Applicants should note that they will need appropriate signage, which can be obtained through West Sussex County Council, and must arrange their own insurance.  Once you have a date for your street party, please get in touch with the Mid Sussex District Council Outdoor Services Team by calling 01444 477305. Alternatively, for more information or to complete an online form, visit www.midsussex.gov.uk/roadclosures.

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