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Street parties

Southwark Council encourages street parties in the borough as a part of the Big Lunch and at other times of the year. It is important that we ensure they are both safe and legal. Below you will find information on how to apply to have your road closed for a party and the application periods for summer 2017.

Street Party applications

Application and consultation deadlines

Applications must be submitted to us six weeks before the party date, and consultation must also be delivered to each property by this time. E.g. street party date 31 July, application and consultation delivery 13 June.
Please include with your application, a copy of the consultation information you have given to your neighbours

Key facts

  • There must be three named organisers who should all be over 18 and residents of the street to be closed
  • The three named organisers cannot be from the same address.
  • At least one of the named organisers must be present at any one time during the street party
  • A street party is not a public event and should not be advertised other than directly to the residents of the street
  • Street parties are not allowed to go on after dusk. You can check the times for sunset here: Sunrise and sunset in London

Getting permission

  • Contact the events team on 020 7525 3422 or email us to find out if all or part of your road can be closed
  • Submit your application by the deadline. The application form is available below
  • Consult with your neighbours in writing. This must be delivered to every premises on the street, and must give contact details for at least one of the organisers and for the council. A letter template is available below.
  • The council will notify you in writing whether the application is successful or not. The decision of the council is final.

Organisers' responsibilities

  • A formal risk assessment is not required, but you should think about what could go wrong and plan accordingly. Major things to consider are: fire, bad weather, electricity and vehicles entering, leaving and remaining within the area of your road closure.
  • To close the road, barriers will be provided by FM Conway (subject to availability) during the week before the party.
  • Organisers are responsible for putting these into place to close the road at the agreed time.
  • A clear route, at least 4 metres wide, must remain along the entire length of the road closure for emergency vehicle access. Fire hydrants and indicator signs must not be covered or obstructed in any way.
  • The barriers must be manned at all times during the closure, by a responsible person over the age of 18 and able to physically move the barriers.
  • Some residents and businesses may need to use their vehicles while the street is closed and this should be incorporated in your plans. For example, adjusting the length of the road closure.
  • Bunting and decoration should be fixed so they can be removed without marking or damaging street furniture. Bunting must be at least 4.6 metres above the ground if hung across the street.
  • Noise and nuisance must be kept to a minimum. Organisers are responsible for not creating a nuisance to residents in the area, through noise, litter or anti-social behaviour. Organisers' contact details will be available to the police and the council’s enforcement teams.
  • Organisers are responsible for clearing up all litter and equipment from the party, and also removing the barriers to reopen the road. Barriers will be collected from the delivery address within 5 working days.

Contact us for further information

Email: Events
Tel: 020 7525 3422 

What are Play Streets?

Not planning a street party but would like to find out about how your children can play safely on the streets without any traffic? Welcome to Play Streets which not only promotes healthy activities, but also brings the community together in a positive fashion.

Founded by London Play, the scheme aims to revive the 'play time' culture of the past. By signing up to Play Streets your children can play safely on the streets without any traffic. Play Street not only promotes healthy activities, but also brings the community together in a positive fashion. Sign up today and watch your kids play on the streets like previous generations once did.

During the summer months, Southwark Council has eased traffic regulations to help local people set up play activities for their children. Applications are now open for anyone who wants to close their local road for Play Streets.

For further information please go to www.2.southwark.gov.uk/playstreets or contact Ian.law@southwark.gov.uk

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