Meet and greet
Before the street party planning gets underway it's a good idea to have a first meeting with the street residents. Perhaps agree to meet at someone's house or at the local town hall so you can all have the chance to meet and discuss any concerns.
At this meeting you can organize the practicalities such as removing cars before a certain time and organizing the decorations, tables and chairs and of course the food, drink and games.
Share out the tasks evenly and make sure contact details are taken of those looking after key jobs like sorting out the street closure.
Contact the council
Check with your local council to see if they can issue a formal order to have your street closed, so you don't face any unwanted traffic. The Police and the local Highways Agency may need to be involved to redirect traffic during your street party, so it's important to inform the council early on of your street party plans.
Some councils need between 4 and 12 weeks to organize a street closure so the earlier you apply, the better.
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