Temporary road closures

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Temporary road closures

The District Council has the authority to issue Temporary Street Closure Orders for street parties, bonfire/fireworks, processions, cultural events etc. under Section 21 of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 (as amended by the East Sussex Act 1981).

Events must not be promoted for private gain. They must be for a genuinely public event. We need at least 12 weeks' notice. Before the Order is made you will be required to produce evidence of insurance to cover public liability up to £5 million.

Other closures, such as road works should be made to the local area highway office.

PROCEDURE

  1. The applicant should write in to the Legal Services Manager giving full details. A form is downloadable for this purpose.
  2. In all cases except Remembrance, a fee of £100 is payable.
  3. The Council will then consult the Traffic Management Section at Sussex Police and the Highways Section at the East Sussex County Council.
  4. Once East Sussex County Council and Sussex Police confirm they have no objections, the Temporary Street Closure Order is produced incorporating any requested conditions.
  5. The Temporary Street Closure Order is then sealed and a copy sent to the applicant with a letter of confirmation.
  6. The Order is advertised.

Any Order made will be subject to:

  1. Reasonable pedestrian access being available at all times.
  2. Vehicular access for emergencies being available at all times.
  3. Road closure and diversion signed being erected to the approval of the Highway Authority at the cost of your organisation and removed by them at the end of the temporary closure.
  4. Your organisation being responsible for stewards in the event.
  5. Your organisation being responsible for clearing the Highway immediately after conclusion of the event and for any damage which may be a patient to the Highway, including street furniture, during the entire period of preparation, event and clearing-up operation.
  6. Street fire hydrants must not be obstructed.
  7. No assistance can be given by the Police in the removal of vehicles from the close length of road during the preparation of the event.
  8. No claims will be entertained by the County Council (as Highway authority), the District Council, the Town or Parish Council or any statutory undertaker in respect of any accident damage or injury sustained as a result of the event; the onus is on your organisation to obtain necessary insurance cover.
  9. Your organisation being responsible for notification to all those affected by the Order, especially those fronting the Order, in writing 14 days prior to the event.
  10. Separate application being made for any necessary Licences or permits for entertainment, charitable collections etc.

Before the Order is made you will be required to produce evidence of insurance to cover public liability up to £5 million.

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