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

IN THIS ARTICLE

  • 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:

Roads affected
and Event

Date of Road Closure

Road Closure Times

Responsible Officer from
Colchester Borough Council

Christmas Lights
Switch on and
Fenwick Show Case
26 November 20179.00am - 18.00pmPeter Ferguson
07833925492
Trinity Street Traders
- Christmas Market
2 and 3 December 201710.00am - 16.00pmPeter Ferguson
07833925492
Colchester Christmas 
Marke
t
3 December 20174.00am - 22.00pmPeter Ferguson
​07833925492
Town Hall
Event
23 November 20178.00am - 23.59pmPeter Ferguson
​07833925492

 

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. 

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.  

 

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

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

3. We will consider your application, consult Essex County Council and Essex Police and then tell you the outcome.  

4. If your application is approved, you will then have to inform all residents and businesses that may be affected by your event.

5. There may be charges for a road closure, ranging from £50 to £2000. 

6. 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:

Type 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.

How to apply to organise a street party  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 

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.