License ready to (street) party!
LIVERPOOL City Council is boosting
community spirit with plans to waive the legal costs of staging street parties.
Currently, any individual/group who wants to host a street party needs to apply
for a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) which can cost in excess of ₤2,000.
The recommendation, which will be presented at a Cabinet Meeting, on Friday, 21
July 2017, looks to establish a Community Events Order which would allow residents to
apply to hold community events in their neighbourhoods, with the Council
covering the cost of a TRO which would cover a 12 month period.
The order would allow the City Council to close roads so that community events
or street parties could take place. It also has the benefit of allowing children
to play safely in traffic free areas, creating safer zones and encouraging young
people to get active outdoors, improving their health and wellbeing.
If approved, it would come in to force from April 2018 for 12 months, renewing
each year. This means residents will have until 31 December 2017 to submit an
application for a street party which will be assessed in the New Year, and if
it's successful they could hold their event from April 2017.
Initially closures in the same area would only be permitted once a month to
ensure minimum disruption to the road network.
The City Council's Highways Team will provide a full guidance note for anyone
thinking of applying, which includes:-
► Events are to be organised and funded by the applicant, not by the
► The applicant must consult with all residents in the area. If any objections are
raised, the Council will work with the person who has submitted the request to
identify a solution. Ward members will make the ultimate decision.
► Not all roads can be closed, so alternative options should be considered; major
roads and bus routes are exempt from the scheme.
► Road closures can't exceed 3 hours.
► Applicant must be able to demonstrate they have the appropriate Public Liability
Insurance to cover the event.
► All signs and barriers would need to be
organised and paid for by the organiser. If it's going to be a regular event it
is recommended the applicant purchase the traffic management equipment.
► If applications for events in 2018 are made after 31 December
2018, residents will
have to pay for the TRO which could be around ₤2,400.
► The initiative forms part of Play Streets; a nationwide drive for local
authorities to develop a scheme that will encourage young people to play safely
on the streets.
Liverpool City Council's Cabinet Member for Highways and City Services,
Councillor Steve Munby, said:- "We often receive requests from residents
who wish to close their road to host a street party, but the costs associated
are prohibitive for both Council and the individual.
This Community Events Order would enable the City Council to cover the costs of
a 1 off, annual Traffic Regulation Order which would then give communities the
freedom to put on an event in their area.
Not only is it a simple and effective way to encourage children to play out on
traffic free streets, but in turn, it gives neighbours the chance to socialise,
growing the community spirit and engendering pride in where people live.
I'm sure residents will be thrilled with the prospect and I look forward to
seeing a whole host of events taking place in communities across the City in