RESIDENTS hoping to hold a street party for next month's Big Lunch event now have extra time to seek permission from the council. Party-planners now have until May 20 to apply for the permission needed for any road closures or events in the borough's parks and open spaces. The Big Lunch event, on June 2, will see neighbours across the country getting together over food and fun. A spokesman for Croydon Council said applying for permission will only take ten minutes, via www.croydon.gov.uk/biglunch or 020 8726 6000. He added: "Party organisers just need to say where and when the event is being held, and what sort of facilities are on offer, such as alcohol sales or catering." Councillor Vidhi Mohan, cabinet member for communities and economic development, said: "We want to ensure as many people as possible can take part and hold street parties, so we have extended the deadline for applications. "The Big Lunch is a great opportunity for communities to come together and have fun. The council is also hoping to keep a record of the the borough's participation; events can be registered by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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