News from Reading Borough Council
Local communities across Reading are being invited to host their own coronation street parties in May – and Reading Borough Council is again waiving the usual road closure fees.
To help celebrate the coronation the Council will waive the usual road closure fee for any approved street party taking place over Saturday 6, Sunday 7 or Monday 8 May – so that residents can celebrate without any extra costs. Please note street parties on Saturday 6 May will only be permitted to take place from 12pm onwards.
Communities interested in hosting a May coronation street party are being asked to complete an application form by a deadline of Friday 31 March 2023.
Before the council can give permission for a street party event, it needs to be sure the views of neighbours and everyone likely to be affected have been considered by whoever is planning the event. Event planners can find more advice on throwing a street party on The Street Party website.
Permission will usually be given, without the usual road-closure fees, subject to it not affecting a main through route or public transport route. Event planners will also need to ensure emergency services can still get access if they need to. The council recommends that all street party organisers adhere to the latest government guidance around public events and gatherings whilst organising their events.
Update (1 March): After receiving queries from several groups including the author’s for whom a coronation weekend street party was inconvenient, the council has now added weekends in June to the list of available dates and has updated the street parties page accordingly. Please note that the deadline for all applications is still 31 March.