Free road closure applications are being offered across Leicestershire, for street parties being held to mark the Coronation of His Majesty the King later this year.
The Coronation will take place on Saturday, May 6 and, across the weekend, including Monday, May 8, there will be further opportunities for people to come together in celebration of the historic occasion.
On Sunday, May 7 2023, the Coronation Big Lunch, at which neighbours and communities are invited to share food and fun together, will take place across the country.
Leicestershire County Council says its decision, to offer free road closure applications, will help to support villages and communities who want to organise events.
The applications for temporary traffic orders, which involve road closures if events are being held on the highway, usually cost in the region of £400 – £650.
The deadline for applications is Friday, March 31.
County council leader Nick Rushton said: “The Coronation of His Majesty the King will be an historic event for the country – and the county of Leicestershire.
“We want to help people to celebrate and encourage communities to come together to mark this special occasion, so we’ll be waiving road closure fees.
“However, if individuals or communities are planning an event, such as a street party, you will need to let us know in good time, so that the necessary arrangements can be put in place.”
So far, groups in Lutterworth, Syston, Castle Donington and Hugglescote are among the communities in Leicestershire who have applied for the traffic orders.
Leicester City Council have also confirmed that there is no cost to the applicant to run a street party for the Coronation, as long as they meet certain conditions, including the location not being on a main road/bus route.
To find out more, visit: https://my.leicester.gov.uk/AchieveForms/