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Road Closures

A list of all the current road closures, how to apply for a closure and details of the Safety Advisory Group who provide assistance to event organisers


  • A list of upcoming road closures
  • How to apply to close a road
  • Information about the Safety Advisory Group

Approved upcoming road closures will be shown below:

Road affected and Event Date of Road Closure Road Closure Times Responsible Officer 
Christmas Light Switch On 2019 1st December 2019 8:00am - 8:00pm

Samantha Lancaster


Trinity Street Christmas Market 2019 1st December 2019 10:00pm - 16:00pm

Samantha Lancaster


Tiptree Christmas Fayre 2019 21st November 2019 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Brandon Kirk


Wivenhoe Remembrance Day Parade 2019

10th November 2019 14:15-14:30


Andrew D Williams

07950 862979

Tiptree Remembrance Sunday War Memorial Ceremony 2019

10th November 2019 14:35-14:45 Centre to War Memorial

14:40-15:15 WM Junction

14:35-15:15 Chapel Rd

Brandon Kirk


Armistice 100 Remembrance Sunday Parade

10th November 2019 8:00am - 12:45pm

Andrew D Williams

07950 862979

Armistice Day Ceremony 2019

11th November 2019 10:55am - 11:10am

Samantha Lancaster


King Coel Kittens Fireworks 2019

5th November 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Samantha Lancaster


Rowhedge Fireworks 2019

3rd November 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Andrew D Williams


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. 

How to Apply for a Road Closure:

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:

Do you need to write to us? Here is our postal address:

Contact and Support team
Colchester Borough Council
Rowan House 
33 Sheepen Road 

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.

Thinking of having a party in your street?  

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:

Types of Road

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.

Types of Closures

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.

How to apply: 

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:

Street Party Road Closure Application Form and Guidance Notes 

Event Risk Assessment Guidance Notes

Safety Advisory Group

The Safety Advisory Group (SAG) has been organised for authorities and agencies to liaise in relation to public events which are proposed to be held within the Colchester Borough. The SAG will help ensure events operate in a safe manner and in consideration for those affected by the event. The SAG will therefore provide assistance in ensuring event organisers are aware of and meet their responsibilities.

The importance of events occurring is recognised and the operation of the events is encouraged where they are suitably organised and operated.

The core members will comprise senior officers (or their representatives) from Colchester Borough Council, Essex Highways, Essex Fire and Rescue Service, Essex Police and the Ambulance Service.

You can find out more by viewing the SAG terms of reference and protocols.