Highways issues – event safety – roads, paths, parking, pedestrians
If an event is going to have any impact on the highway, there are particular things to think about.
Particular permissions may be needed.
You may need to arrange a road closure. Whether or not you need to actually close a road or roads to traffic to enable your event to take place safely, it is important that Lancashire County Council are notified of any event which is taking place on the highway. Do this by using the 'Road space booking form' downloadable on the right - this should be saved, completed, saved and then emailed to LCC at the address given on the form.
If you actually want to stop traffic going where it normally does, for any length of time, a road closure – whether to facilitate a static event like a street party or a parade, procession or celebration – will need to be arranged by Burnley Council, under the Town Police Clauses Act 1847.
Road closure orders will only be made where Lancashire County Council and Lancshire Constabulary - the Police - have agreed the organisers’ traffic management and safety measures.
For events on minor residential streets this is rarely a problem and for these we will normally require 4 weeks’ notice. For events on main roads and those affecting bus routes we will normally require 3 months’ notice.
For more information and links so as to get permission for a road closure through Burnley Council, see http://www.burnley.gov.uk/residents/streetscene/engineering-services/road-closures-street-events
Road closures for sporting, entertainment and other events not covered by the Town Police Clauses Act need to be processed under the Road Traffic Regulation Act by Lancashire County Council - click here for details or phone Highways on 0300 123 6780
For a road closure to be agreed, you are likely to need to provide your evidence of insurance, risk assessment and event management plan.
Normally, traffic management and safety measures will be set out in a Traffic Management Plan. These are best drawn up with input from an agency competent to do so, or by a recognised Traffic Management Company.
A plan will include information about stewarding, crowd management etc. These important activities are the responsibility of the event organisers.
It is important to think about the likely effect of your event on demand for car parking. Where will people park? Are there nearby public car parks which you could publicise as part of your overall publicity for the event? If people are likely to park on the highway, is this likely to impact on residents and businesses? What would you do beforehand to address this issue? Even if your event itself is not going to take place on the highway, is it possible that the volume of people parking or dropping people off will disrupt traffic?
If you are planning to put signs up on the highway to advertise an event, and / or to alert highway users to the impact that your event will have, you must have permission to do this.
Relevant documents are downloadable on the right, including the application form for putting up temporary signs on the highway. Click the link or download from the right: you can print this off, complete and send to use by post at Lancashire Highways Services, Cuerden Way, Bamber Bridge, Preston, PR5 6BS. Or 'save as' your own document to your own computer, and when completed click 'submit' to send to us as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Once the event has passed, you must ensure that all barriers, signs and notices are removed as soon as it is safe to do so.