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How To Close Your Road For A Street Party

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Closing your road properly is vital to ensure that all your guests can enjoy the party safely and that you don't spend the day haggling with the odd difficult resident. It is worth spending time on this process particularly because every council is different.
Invite everyone in the street to planning meetings whch will mean that you have consulted every resident.
Apply to your council 4/12 weeks before the party. Contact the traffic /highways or events department. The council or you will have to contact the police, fire and ambulance services.
If the council wants to charge you lots of money or has complicated procedures call Streets Alive who will be able to help. Tel: 0117 922 5708
If you can't close the road completely think about alternative routes and how you can use part of the area.You will now be hosting a street mixer rather than a street party.Without closing a road residents use whatever space is available - pavements, parking spaces, gardens, drive-ways, local pub or front room.
Decide on your new social event which does not require street closure: Street Picnic: residents meet up in a local park or playing field for a shared picnic. Street Lounge: not requiring formally closing a road, carefully parked cars and carpets can be used to slow and alert traffic, and chairs on the pavement. Street Facebook: a dedicated page which the street is invited to join to organise face-to-face Mixers and to share information. Street Welcome: a new resident can be a good excuse for meeting neighbours, inviting in for tea, or given a gift or welcomed by a signed card from neighbours. Street Play-Time: residents agree to prioritise play in the street at certain times. Some streets in Bristol have held Street Play-Times after school clubs 3 to 6pm.
On the day. Following a note round all houses or on cars the day or week before, remind the last few people to move their cars. Get the bunting up early to get people going, along with the road barriers. And don't forget to clear up and move the barriers at the agreed time.
Make sure everyone agrees to take responsibility for their own safety.


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