Residents and organisations in Stafford Borough can get roads closed for free for street parties to celebrate the coronation of King Charles lll.
The borough council move follows the record number of street closures for events to mark the platinum jubilee of the late Queen Elizabeth ll last year.
And local organisations are also being urged to bid for lottery money to put on activities as part of the national occasion.
The long bank holiday weekend takes place in May and local people across the borough are being encouraged to join neighbours to celebrate the first coronation of a monarch in 70 years.
The Government has asked local authorities to highlight the National Lottery ‘Awards for All’ programme where community groups can apply for funding of up to £10,000 for events and activities.
The Coronation ceremony for His Majesty, King Charles lll, takes place on Saturday 6 May at Westminster Abbey. Over the weekend there will be initiatives such as the ‘Coronation Big Lunch’ across the country, and a concert at Windsor in the evening, on Sunday (7th). And there’s the ‘Big Help Out’ community activity on the following day - Bank Holiday Monday.
Stafford Borough Council are waiving the usual charge for closing a road during the bank holiday weekend for coronation parties. The local authority had between 40 and 50 requests for street closures for the Jubilee celebrations last summer - a huge increase on previous numbers.
Celebrations are being planned for Victoria Park with more details to be announced soon on the website and social media www.staffordbc.gov.uk/victoria-park-events
Councillor Carolyn Trowbridge, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “We had such an amazing response from people organising street parties last summer and I hope our community will be gearing up to celebrate together to mark the coronation of our new King.
“It would be lovely if those scenes of last year were recreated across the borough and I’m glad we can again waive the fees for road closures to ensure local people can have a safe party in their street with neighbours.”
You can apply for a road closure from Road Closures for Events | Stafford Borough Council (staffordbc.gov.uk)
People requesting a road closure for a ‘Coronation’ street party need to do so six weeks before the event. And you can advertise your local event at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/submit-event
Press Release No 5998