The City of Wolverhampton Council was one of the first in the country to waive the usual fee to apply for a road closure, making it possible for residents right across the city to celebrate in style.
Britain has a long history of street parties to mark significant national occasions, dating back to 1919 when the first one was organised to celebrate the end of the First World War. Since that time, communities have spilt out onto the streets to celebrate many occasions, but it was the Queen’s Coronation in 1953 that really cemented the association between street parties and royal events.
Ian Fegan, City of Wolverhampton Council’s director of communications and visitor experience, said, “Street parties are a fantastic way to bring the whole community together and a great way to create life long memories.
“If you’d be interested in having a street party in your road, the best way to start is by having a chat with your neighbours and finding out who else is interested. You can then plan the party as a team, rather than having one organiser.”
“There are all sorts of fun activities you can plan together such as quizzes and games and everyone can bring food to share.
“Applying for a road closure is the best way to ensure a traffic free and safe event, but if you prefer, you can meet your neighbours on a driveway, front garden or in a parking area.
“The Council has made it very quick and easy for you to apply for a road closure. All you need to do is submit your application to the Council’s Safety Advisory Group by 21 April 2022.”
For some great ideas about how to organise your street party go to Your Street Party – Checklist and Top Tips.
The Council is also organising 2 briefing sessions for any residents interested in finding out more.
There will be a face to face meeting on 31 March at 5:30pm at a city centre location. To book on please follow this link to Eventbrite.
There will be an online meeting on 5 April at 1:30pm. To book on please follow this link to Eventbrite.