With over 150 already planned to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
Royal fever is sweeping Wandsworth, so far 138 street parties have been given the go-ahead over the Royal Jubilee weekend with another 15 fresh applications currently being considered.
The council told PutneySW15.com that is actively encouraging residents to organise street parties to mark this summer’s Royal milestone. As was the case with last year’s royal wedding, the council has stripped away all the bureaucracy, red tape and cost of holding a street party over the Jubilee bank holiday weekend of June 2 to June 5.
The normal £50 fee for arranging a road closure has been waived while all the other information that’s required can be submitted online via a simple internet questionnaire.
This simplified system means there is nothing to stop residents setting up tables and chairs and staging a great neighbourhood get-together to mark The Queen’s 60 years on the throne.
Residents in Wandsworth have already doubled the number of street parties that were held to celebrate last year’s royal wedding. On that occasion, local people hosted 67 parties – which was the second highest tally in London.
The borough will be right at the heart of the nation’s jubilee celebrations on Sunday, June 3, when a spectacular 1,000 boat river pageant will weave its way along the Thames from its starting point in Putney. The royal flotilla will then sail past Battersea Park where a massive festival is being staged to celebrate The Queen’s 60 year reign.
Residents need to be aware that not all streets in the borough can be closed for a party – only those that will not have an impact on the wider road network. The council also has no authority to close red routes and Transport for London is unlikely to allow roads covered by bus routes to close.
April 19, 2012