SOUTHWARK: LAST CHANCE TO APPLY FOR BIG LUNCH STREET PARTIES / BROMLEY: FLY-TIPPING AND OTHER CRIME TARGETED
This year’s national Big Lunch campaign takes place on Sunday 18 June and once again Southwark council are offering a FREE road closure service for party organisers to encourage communities to take part in this great event.
The Big Lunch is part of The Great Get-Together weekend, a partnership with the Jo Cox Foundation aiming to get communities to come together to celebrate connections and commonality. Big Lunch is also promoting The Big Iftar to encourage communities to come together to share iftars with friends and neighbours.
All applications for street parties taking place over that weekend must be submitted to Southwark’s events and arts team by Monday 8 May, 2017.
Cllr Barrie Hargrove, Southwark’s cabinet member for communities and safety, said: “Street parties are a great way for communities to get together and the perfect opportunity to get to know neighbours.
“Unlike in other London boroughs, Southwark makes no charge for residents to apply for road closures and there is a simplified application process for approval so why not get together with your neighbours this year.”
Southwark, through its highways contractors, also provides road closure signage and does not make it compulsory for organisers to have insurance to carry out a street party.
Applying to hold a street party is easy – all you need to follow are a few simple rules;
· There must be three named organisers who should all be over 18 and residents of the street to be closed
· The three named organisers cannot be from the same address and at least one of the named organisers must be present at any one time during the street party
· A street party is not a public event and should not be advertised other than directly to the residents of the street
· Street parties are not allowed to continue after dusk
· Submit your application by the deadline. The application form is available from the events team and online at www.southwark.gov.uk/streetparty
· Consult with your neighbours in writing. This must be delivered to every premises on the street and must give contact details for at least one of the organisers and for the council. A letter template is available from the Events and Arts team and online.
· The council will notify you in writing whether the application is successful or not.
· The decision of the council is final.
If a street party is too much you can simply organise an informal picnic in one of the council’s 130 parks and open spaces. Most picnics won’t need permission, but if you are unsure just contact the Events and Arts team for advice. (Source: Southwark council press release)
BROMLEY: FLY-TIPPING AND OTHER CRIME TARGETED – Public could get rewards of up to £500
A borough-wide initiative targeting fly-tipping, antisocial behaviour and other crime has been launched in Bromley.
Graffiti will be removed from local hotspots along with fly-tipping, rubbish, abandoned and untaxed vehicles, and antisocial behaviour issues tackled.
The long term aim is to reduce or stop crime and the negative impact it has on the community in areas such as Penge, Mottingham and Cray Valley East.
The initiative which runs for two years will see council envirocrime officers, working directly with the police and Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), undertake random vehicle checks, seizing vehicles of unlicensed waste carriers.
The multi-agency initiative is supported by the council and Safer Bromley partners including Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade, Affinity Sutton housing association and local churches, with funding from the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC).
Bromley’s executive member for public protection and safety Cllr Kate Lymer says: “We are determined to make a difference to the neighbourhoods we’re actively targeting and thanks to our partner agencies, working in a holistic way will help us do just that.
“Residents play a vital role too, and working together is so important to the success of this project.
“For example, if you’ve got rubbish to get rid of, be very wary who you give it to. “Don’t let it be illegally dumped. “Always check www.bromley.gov.uk/wastecarriers and if the person or company isn’t a registered waste carrier, don’t use them.”
Local churches are supporting the project and will distribute leaflets to residents to help raise awareness of the issues and give advice. To ensure long term effectiveness, regular reviews will be undertaken throughout the duration of the project and adaptations made accordingly.
Anyone witnessing an envirocrime taking place is advised to call the police straightaway and report the details to the council atwww.bromley.gov.uk/envirocrime
As an incentive and in recognition of their support, if their evidence is used to successfully prosecute offenders, they could receive up to £500 from the Envirocrime Reward Scheme.
For information on fly-tipping, antisocial behaviour, envirocrime and more, please search www.bromley.gov.uk (Source: Bromley council press release)