Residents of Middlesbrough have less than three weeks to apply to close their road for a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee street party.
The celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will centre around an extended weekend from Saturday, June 2 to Tuesday, June 5.
Middlesbrough Council is assisting residents with applications to close roads for street parties but the deadline to get applications in is Friday, May 4.
Middlesbrough residents have celebrated with street parties throughout the years including in 1953 for the Queen’s Coronation, the Silver Jubilee in 1977, the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and the Royal Wedding last year.
People holding a small street party where a road is not closed do not need permission, but permission is needed where a highway will be shut to traffic.
Middlesbrough Council has so far had six applications to close roads for Diamond Jubilee street parties in Stainton, North Ormesby, Gresham, Brookfield, Marton and Ayresome.
Cllr Nicky Walker, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Streetscene Services and Transport, said: “Last year hundreds of residents in Middlesbrough enjoyed Royal Wedding street parties.
“A great day was had and people got to know their neighbours better as a result.
“This summer could be bigger and better and we would urge people in Middlesbrough to consider holding a street party and get their community taking part in what will be an enjoyable national celebration.
“The council will assist in allowing residents to have a temporary road closure with the minimum of fuss and bureaucracy.”
Residents can apply online by downloading an application form from Middlesbrough Council’s website at www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/jubilee or they can contact the council on 01642 726001.
The council can issue a road closure order and will also advise the emergency services of any road closures.
For information about holding parties in parks and open spaces in Middlesbrough also call 01642 726001.
The council is holding a Big Lunch party in Centre Square on Sunday, June 5, where people are welcome to bring picnics or purchase food.
Residents are also invited to upload photos from street parties in the past for an online gallery at www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/jubilee. Staff at Middlesbrough libraries can assist in digitising old photographs.