Wealden District Council has the powers to issue Temporary Road Closure Orders under the provision of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847. This Road Traffic Regulation Act specifically deals with Public Celebrations such as street parties, carnivals, parades and similar events.
Closures and diversions of the highway in relation to maintenance works are controlled by East Sussex County Council - Roads and Roadwork's (external link)
Temporary Road Closure applications should be applied for 8 weeks in advance to enable full consultation with Sussex Police, East Sussex County Council and Emergency Services. Legal Orders will only be issued following the full approval of the Sussex Police and East Sussex County Council Highways Department.
Requests must be submitted by application form and should be accompanied by a map of the proposed closure and, where applicable, the diversion route.
Please return completed forms using the contact details listed below.
The Order will be subject to:
- Reasonable pedestrian access being available at all times
- Vehicular access for emergencies being available at all times
- Road closure and diversion signs being erected to the approval of the Highway Authority at the cost of the organiser and removed by them at the end of the temporary closure
- The organiser being responsible for stewarding the event
- The organiser being responsible for clearing the highway immediately after conclusion of the event and for any damage which may be occasioned to the highway, including street furniture, during the entire period of preparation, event and clearing-up operation
- Street fire hydrants must not be obstructed
- No assistance can be given by the Police in removal of vehicles from the closed length of road during the preparation of the event
- No claims will be entertained by the County Council (as highway authority), the District Council, the Town or Parish Council (as street lighting authority) or any statutory undertaker in respect of any accident, damage or injury sustained as a result of the event, the onus is on the organiser to obtain any necessary insurance cover
- The organiser being responsible for notification to all those affected by the order, especially those fronting the order, in writing 14 days prior to the event