Hundreds of streets will be closed off

MORE than 100 streets across the area will be closed as people get together to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee over the next four days.

Suffolk County Council has had 80 applications to close roads – but those planning street parties in cul-de-sacs do not need to get special permission for road closures, so the actual number is likely to be significantly higher.

In Suffolk all street closures are being administered by the county council, but in Essex it is the responsibility of the boroughs and districts.

Colchester has had 18 applications for street closures and in Tendring 23 streets will be shut for parties.

Earlier this year Suffolk announced that it would not make any charges for those holding a Diamond Jubilee street party this summer.

It confirmed that there would be no costs for permission to close roads or being supplied with road closure and diversions signs.

Guy McGregor, the county council’s cabinet member for transport, said; “This is a huge national celebration and it is right that the county council has played its part in making it as easy as possible for people to organise street parties and other activities to commemorate this historic event.”

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Street party organisers in Suffolk only had to follow a few simple steps to obtain a Special Events Order through the county council’s website or over the phone via Customer Service Direct.

Mr McGregor added: “These celebrations are a traditional part of community life and a good way to meet neighbours and make new friends.

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all those across county who have taken the time to arrange what promises to be a wonderful event.”

How Jubilee will fuel region’s cashflow – see

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