Diamond fever taking hold in Eastbourne

DIAMOND Jubilee fever is beginning to take hold in Eastbourne with the news that 15 street parties are already in the pipeline.

The Jubilee weekend looks set to be celebrated in style and 15 road closure applications for street parties have been agreed by Eastbourne Borough Council.

Planners at the town hall have received and approved 15 applications for events between Sunday, June 3, and Tuesday, June 5, and have been working with local residents and businesses to help make the parties a reality.

On Sunday, June 3, Le Brun Road will be holding a street party for 125 people throughout the day and Glendale Avenue will also be hosting its own Jubilee festivities.

Street parties in Pashley Road (from Summerdown Road to triangle with Compton Road) and Manvers Road on Monday, June 4, both have an estimated 200 guests attending their celebrations.

Diamond Jubilee fun will be continuing until 10pm on Tuesday, June 5, at Great Cliffe Road where there will be 100 guests with a further 40-60 expected at Bowood Avenue.

In order to help street party organisers, Eastbourne Borough Council built on the success of last year’s Royal Wedding celebrations and launched a campaign aimed at encouraging more street parties in the town.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet member for the Environment, Cllr Steve Wallis said, “The organiser of the street party has a duty to inform all residents and businesses of the event and the intention to close the road.

“However, for communities who want to put on a fantastic event for their street, this is a great way for any area to consult and work together – without the need for expensive advertising or fee to the council.”

Other street parties in the area include one on Sunday, June 3, for 50 people at Vicarage Road and two more on Tuesday, June 5, at Northbourne Road for 100-plus guests and a celebration for 50 people on Selwyn Road.

To make the process even easier the council produced draft letters and notices that organisers can adapt for their own needs.

The council’s website also provides lots of helpful advice on a range of areas, including the serving of alcohol, maintaining good relations with neighbours and minimising disruption to the wider community.

Although the deadline for applications, May 14, has now passed, subject to availability, the council is offering loan organisers signage to alert the locality that a street party is taking place and to help support the event.

Coupled with the many other events planned in the town over the Jubilee weekend, including attractions and fun on the Western Lawns, the Redoubt and Towner, the scale of the celebration is likely to be even greater than that of last year’s Royal Wedding.

The main Diamond Jubilee party in Eastbourne will be taking place on the Western Lawns and sees the return of the popular Fiesta Weekend, along with brand new events including a seafront carnival, big screen, flotilla of yachts and more.

To find out more about street parties in Eastbourne go to www.eastbourne.gov.uk/streetparties or contact one of the Licensing Team on 410000.

• Are you having a street party? If you’re not on our list, let us know. Email eastbourne.herald@trbeckett.co.uk