Cutting red tape so street parties are easier to hold

John Boyle with his monkey, which will be at the Pashley Road party
John Boyle with his monkey, which will be at the Pashley Road party

THE COUNCIL has peeled back red tape to make street parties easier to organise in Eastbourne.

Eastbourne Borough Council has scrapped needless bureaucracy to allow residents to plan street parties in time for the royal wedding on April 29.

The council held a seminar at the Town Hall on Wednesday (February 16) to explain the changes after central government abolished strict guidelines around road closures.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said some councils had misinterpreted the guidelines and were imposing extra costs on residents.

Leader of Eastbourne council, councillor David Tutt said, “The council wants more local communities to join together and take advantage of the new flexible process we’ve introduced.”

John Boyle, of Pashley Road, who has organised five street parties in the past, had been forced to cancel the road’s party.

He said the rules were disproportionate and even impossible to follow.

But Mr Boyle, 75, sat down with council bosses to find a way of making the process easier.

Cllr Tutt said, “When we met Mr Boyle we were able to allay his concerns and use his helpful feedback to make further improvements to the new system.”

The street party in Pashley Road, which has 90 houses, will now go ahead.

Chair of the Arlington Road street party Rod Pizzey, who attended the council’s event on Wednesday, said there had been similar concerns among residents. But he and his team of eight party-planners hoped there were now fewer obstacles in the way.

Environmental health manager for the council Sue Oliver said, “We all want to cut through red tape - everybody wants do that but it’s that balance.

“For people who aren’t used to these kind of things it’s a bit of a maze.

“We want to make sure organisations are aware of the issues but we don’t want to over-burden them.”

Where previous party planners had to deal with East Sussex County Council, local councillors and pay for adverts in the Herald, now planners just deal with the council’s licensing committee, which will do much of the work for them.

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