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We understand that road closures can be a bit of a pain. We can assure you that we will do everything we can to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible.
Please note that those who organise road closures are asked to let us know if they change their plans, however sometimes events may be cancelled at short notice.
Thinking of holding your own march, procession or parade? Applying for a road closure is easy, here's how:
1. Check with the Police whether the area you have chosen for your event is suitable. We will do this anyway through our consultation process but it would be best for you to discuss your plans with the Police first.
Contact Colchester's Community Policing team
2. Print and complete both these forms:
Road Closure Application Form and Guidance Notes
Event Risk Assessment Guidance Notes
Contacting us online is the quickest and easiest way of getting in touch, but you can still call us if you prefer.
3. Email them to: email@example.com
Need to write to us? Here is our postal address:
If you have any questions you can call us on 01206282700
4. We will consider your application, consult Essex County Council and Essex Police and then tell you the outcome.
5. If your application is approved, you will then have to inform all residents and businesses that may be affected by your event.
6. There may be charges for a road closure, ranging from £50 to £2000.
7. As well as applying to us, you may also be required to hold Public Liability Insurance and a Performing Rights Society Music Licence.
Lots of people in Colchester make their summers extra special by sharing food, playing games and enjoying music with their neighbours. If this sounds like something you would like to do please check out the information below:
Bigger streets or thoroughfare events. We may have to charge a fee to close roads for bigger events.
No Through Roads or traffic-free areas. If you're planning to hold a street party in this sort of area, we might not charge at all.
Noise levels - Please be considerate! Make sure everyone who might be affected knows in advance when the party is taking place. A high level of noise going on for a long time or late into the evening could lead to us not approving further applications you might want to make.
Hard road closure is where a positive blocking item (usually another vehicle) is in place to physically prevent a vehicle passing the closure point. A hard closure would normally be used where either a high profile closure is taking place (for example Remembrance Day) or when the threat level calls for it.
Soft road closure is where barriers and a sign are used.
Please print and complete the two forms below and send them to: Operational Services PSU, Colchester Borough Council, Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road, Colchester, CO3 3WG
Or email them to: Operational.PSU@colchester.gov.uk
Street Party Road Closure Application Form and Guidance Notes
Thinking of planning an event in Colchester? The Safety Advisory Group (SAG) helps authorities and agencies to work together when a proposal is made to hold an event in the Colchester borough. The SAG's goal is to ensure that events operate safely and with consideration of anyone who might be affected. They will make sure event organisers are aware of and meet their responsibilities.
The core members of SAG are comprised of senior officers (or their representatives) from Colchester Borough Council, Essex Highways, Essex Fire and Rescue Service, Essex Police and the Ambulance Service.
Community events are an important part of life in the borough and are encouraged wherever they are suitably organised and operated.
You can find support when planning an event in Colchester by visiting the Safer Colchester Partnership.