KENT residents will host at least 144 street parties to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. And the tally is set to rise further as applications continue to pour in ahead of tomorrow (Friday's) deadline.
In a bid to encourage neighbours to organise an event to mark the historic occasion, Kent County Council has waived charges for private parties in quiet, residential roads and simplified the application process.
Kent was one of the top three counties last year for street parties to celebrate the Royal Wedding with 182 events taking place.
Bryan Sweetland, the county council's cabinet member for highways, said: "I am delighted thousands of people will enjoy traditional street parties to mark Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee.
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"We have waived charges for street parties on quiet residential roads and cul-de-sacs. This relaxed approach means people can celebrate this wonderful occasion with their neighbours in a traffic-free street, giving children the chance to play freely for a change."
Party organisers can apply for a road closure over any day during the extended four-day holiday from Saturday, June 2 to Tuesday, June 5.
Organisers can request an application form online by visiting www.kent.gov.uk/streetparty or by calling 08458 247 800.
The normal cost for a street party – organised by and for residents as a private event rather than a public one – is being waived in most cases.
Organisers only have to complete a simple application process with minimum information required.
The county council even supplies a "road closed" sign.