‘Killjoy’ councils ban street drinking and flagging for Platinum Jubilee

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More than 70,000 Big Jubilee Lunches are planned for this weekend across the UK (Image: Getty)

Killjoy councils across the UK have been urged to authorize Platinum Jubilee street celebrations, even if applications are delayed.

Days after Sue Gray released her long-awaited report on the lawless parties at Downing Street, some Tories have called on local authorities to break the rules.

More than 70,000 Big Jubilee Lunches are planned across the UK, with 10 million people expected to join their neighbors on Sunday for Her Majesty’s 70th jubilee.

However, some are angered by what they see as red tape preventing them from celebrating, such as a ban on putting up “unauthorized” anniversary flags on telephone poles because they could pose a “danger”.

Some councils will not allow drinking alcohol on the street, while fire chiefs have called for tables not to be set up in the middle of the street in emergencies.

Portsmouth resident Albie Somerset, who is organizing a royal party, branded a warning that a light string of flags on lampposts was a “security hazard” “ridiculous”.

She told the Daily Star: “We filled out all the forms and jumped through all the hoops to get the road closure.

Queen Elizabeth the second

Millions of people will celebrate Her Majesty’s 70th jubilee (Image: Getty)

“Now we’ve had a letter saying we shouldn’t put flags on telegraph poles. Aren’t they strong enough to hold some light flags?’

Portsmouth City Council said in its letter that during the anniversary celebrations “no flags may be hung on telegraph poles” as it could pose a “security risk”.

After some authorities warned the public not to host unofficial celebrations this week, Technology Secretary Chris Philp urged them to show “a little flexibility”.

“I think it’s fantastic that we’re celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee,” he told Sky News.

“All I would say to local councils across the country, including mine in Croydon, is that if you get a late application and the deadline may technically have passed, I’d just say to councils to show a little flexibility, show a little willingness to meet people.

Union flags decorate the streets of London

Union flags decorate the streets of London (Image: EPA)

“And if you’re at all able to do so, please comply with those requests, even though they may technically be past the deadline.”

Some councils that have asked for a permit to hold street parties have already seen their deadlines passed.

North London’s Barnet Council is hosting a record-breaking 130+ parties.

Originally, the application deadline was April 8, but officials had to extend it to April 29.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich Council in south-east London, which hosts 65 events, also required people to register before March 25.

Raffles, sweepstakes and raffles, which are considered lotteries, were also criticized.

The Gambling Commission states that lotteries do not require a license at events as they are considered casual lotteries.

But people need to make sure they follow the rules to legally host a random non-commercial lottery.

“Tickets can only be sold at the venue and during the event,” according to the commission.

“You cannot sell tickets online (including social media) or before the event.

“You can take up to £500 from the proceeds to pay for the prizes. Prizes can also be donated – there is no limit to how much donated prizes can cost.

“You can do the lottery drawing either during or after the event. We recommend that you make it clear to the participants when you will announce the result.’

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