Published: Wednesday 15 March 2023
In anticipation of the King’s Coronation, Kensington and Chelsea Council removes fees for street parties so all residents can celebrate over the Saturday 6 to Monday 8 May bank holiday weekend.
Kensington and Chelsea Council has taken the decision to remove all fees for street parties across the entire bank holiday weekend. The decision aims to make hosting events as accessible as possible for all residents in the borough. Usually, to close a road for a street party, residents would need pay £1,828 to close the road and £66 per parking bay suspension. Based on the number of street parties for last year’s Platinum Jubilee, it is expected around £90,000 of fees will be waived.
The Council is also making small grants available through the City Living, Local Life fund, giving organisations the chance to apply for up to £500 per event of funding from the Council. The grant can be used for events in a hall or community centre, a street party or other small event with local residents.
Lead Member for Communities, Cllr Sof McVeigh said,
“The King and Queen Consort’s Coronation will be a brilliant moment when communities from around the world will come together to celebrate. In Kensington and Chelsea, we want to make sure all our residents are able to enjoy the festivities. We’ve waived all street party fees, like we did for last year’s Jubilee, so all residents can get involved and enjoy the party with no application costs.”
The Council’s step-by-step guide explaining how to apply to host a street party helps residents with every stage of a process, before it closes on Tuesday 11 April.
National events across the weekend include the Coronation ceremony (Saturday 6 May) at Westminster Abbey, a concert at Windsor and across the country (Sunday 7 May), the Big Lunch (Sunday 7 May) and the Big Help Out (Monday 8 May). The weekend’s activities aim to encourage everyone to support their local community, and come together with friends, family and neighbours in celebration.
The King last visited the borough in March, when he visited the recently re-opened Leighton House museum to view the museum’s commissions pieces of art with charity arts foundation Turquoise Mountain.
More local events taking place in Kensington and Chelsea will be announced over the coming months and if you would like to apply for funding to support your event, visit the City Living, Local Life page for more information.