Thinking of holding a street party? Free road closures 11-12 June

Great news for anyone planning to hold a street party this year – Reading Borough Council has again confirmed that it will waive its road closure fees for the weekend of the Big Lunch. So if you are planning to hold a small street party and can arrange it for the weekend of 11 – 12 June you can close your road and it won’t cost you a penny!

A small street party means one held in only one or two streets and for neighbours only. You will need to consult with residents in the streets affected and get evidence such as signatures to show that the majority are happy with the street closure. Most streets can be closed, the chief exceptions being main roads and bus routes.

Details and an application form are are on the Reading Borough Council web site at www.reading.gov.uk/streetparties – the deadline for Big Lunch street closure applications is 2 May.

David Neale

David runs the Get Online Reading project, which uses a team of volunteers to promote digital inclusion around the town and help local people make better use of the internet. The Get Online team is based at Reading Central Library and does outreach sessions at other libraries and community venues around Reading. David also co-developed the RVA website.