Jubilee street party deadline looms
Friday April 27, 2012 (updated Thursday May 10, 2012)
There are just a few hours left for residents to apply to hold a street party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Over the extended bank holiday, June 2-5, millions of people across the country will be celebrating 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II on the throne.
Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F) residents, who want to join in with a Diamond Jubilee street party of their own, need to apply to the council for permission by Friday, May 11.
The council has made it easier than ever for people to organise their festivities by cutting the amount of red tape they once had to trawl through to plan a community event and there are currently 30 applications for jubilee parties.
Following successful street parties last year for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton – now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – and positive feedback from residents, the council is once more looking forward to helping neighbours and friends get together without trudging through reams of red tape.
Last year, the council made it easier for small parties and fetes to be arranged, by cutting the number of forms that needed to be completed by hand to just one simple online form. Residents without a computer can ask to be sent a paper version of the form, which is only four pages long instead of the previous lengthy forms that often amounted to around 20 A4 pages.
Cllr Harry Phibbs, cabinet member for community engagement, says he hopes more people will set up parties this summer for the Diamond Jubilee and for the London 2012 Games, starting on July 27. The deadline for applications for parties is May 11 if it is for the Queen’s Jubilee and June 29 for the Olympics. Residents requiring a premises licence to sell alcohol at their events will need to apply at least six weeks before their planned event.
Cllr Phibbs says: “Last year’s parties were an incredible sight and everyone had a fantastic time. This year, we are hoping that even more parties will be held, exceeding the 34 for the royal wedding. We are thrilled that by cutting bureaucracy and red tape, we have helped make it as easy as possible for local communities to gather, enjoy themselves and get to know each other, and celebrate these fantastic events happening right on our doorstep.
“We have stripped away all the drudgery and hours of completing tiresome bureaucratic forms that used to be necessary when organising a small event, and instead local people have more flexibility and time to concentrate on the fun side of these parties – after all, enjoying yourself is the most important thing about having a party!”
Under previous time-consuming central Government regulations, community groups were asked to apply for up to five separate licences and found it difficult to navigate through the numerous layers of bureaucracy and paperwork. The process could also be tedious which often led to delays or cancellations to community events.
Thames Water and the council's own highways contractor, Conways, have both agreed to supply barriers where street parties are taking place, free of charge.
If you would like to apply to have a small local event, such as a street party, visit www.lbhf.gov.uk/streetparties or contact the council on 020 8753 2480. For a list of all confirmed events taking place in the borough for the Queen’s Jubilee, visit: www.lbhf.gov.uk/diamondjubilee.