Council tells Jubilee party organiser she needs counter-terror plans

EXCLUSIVE: Council killjoys tell Queen’s Platinum Jubilee party organiser she can only hold event if she fills in 23 PAGES of forms including plans on what to do if event is hit by hurricane or terrorist attack

  • Patriotic Gloria Odell, 70, was left stunned by red tape over efforts to hold party
  • She wanted to have a street-style bash on quiet village green near Herts home 
  • Dacorum Borough Council requested a counter-terror plan for Royal knees-up
  • The 23 pages of questions and forms branded ‘absolute nonsense’ by Mrs Odell
  • Council  even asked if motorsports stunts or aeronautical displays would happen
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A Queen’s Platinum Jubilee party on a pretty village green has had to be abandoned – after a council demanded 23 pages of forms be filled in and counter-terror plans be drawn up.

Retired Gloria Odell, 70, had wanted to honour Her Majesty’s record-breaking reign with the celebration on grassland on her street in Leverstock Green, Herts.

But she was left overwhelmed after approaching Dacorum Borough Council on how to hold the event.

Having read the Government’s guidance website – which insists ‘Street parties are simple to organise’ – she had been expecting little fuss.

But she said the Tory-run council appeared to have a different understanding of simplicity.

Mrs Odell – a former party organiser – was deluged with pages of forms and questions, including if there were going to be any motorsports stunts or aeronautical displays.

Later the documents asked if there would be boxing or wrestling taking place, before moving onto supported documents needed.

The council requested paperwork including a counter-terrorism plan, security provisions and severe weather management mitigation.

Bizarrely – given there are no legal coronavirus restrictions in place in the UK – it also asked for a Covid 19 risk assessment.

Mrs Odell told MailOnline: ‘I couldn’t really believe my eyes – this quiet part of Hemel Hempstead I would say is not likely to be affected by terrorism.

Gloria Odell, 70, was left stunned by red tape over efforts to hold party on the village green

She was deluged with pages of forms and questions, including about aeronautical displays

The council also wanted her to draw up a number of plans, including a counter-terror strategy

‘It is just absolute nonsense. The council seems to be one that thinks any form there is has to be filled.

‘They claimed the green was owned by the council, but it’s owned by the ratepayers.

‘People use it all of the time and dogwalkers are there every day exercising their pets.’

The lengthy questionnaire and forms have been seen by MailOnline and go into an extraordinary level of detail.

One is an event organisers ‘Covid guidance’ which says a risk assessment has to be carried out and control measures put in place. 

The deluge of paperwork prompted Mrs Odell to try and speak to someone from the council but found it near-impossible to reach anyone.

When her local MP Sir Mike Penning heard about the problem he also started enquiries about what was happening.

It is understood to date he had only had a two-line reply saying the matter was being dealt with.

The Platinum Jubilee weekend is from June 2 to 5 and marks the Queen’s 70 years of service

More of the forms for the street part, again asking about firms providing security services

The Platinum Jubilee is a four-day UK bank holiday weekend from June 2 to 5 marking the Queen’s 70 years of service.

An statement on the Royal Family’s website says over 60,000 people have registered to host Big Jubilee lunches over the weekend.

And an estimated 10million people are going to be celebrating the occasion with street parties.

Mrs Odell has decided to host a smaller occasion in her back garden for family and friends.

She added: ‘I am not proceeding with a street party for neighbours, which would have benefited our local Hospice of St Francis, as I proposed having a cloakroom style raffle to raise funds.

‘We are holding our own party in our rear garden instead, for family and friends.

‘It is such a shame that this opportunity to have a community event has met with such problems from Dacorum.’

A spokesperson from Dacorum Borough Council, said it did follow rules but was trying to make things easier for those who wanted parties.

They added: ‘We are very sorry to hear that Ms Odell is not going ahead with her event to celebrate the jubilee.

‘We are in line with Government guidance but are working to simplify how people can meet the legal requirements for events held on our publicly owned land, and are committed to working more closely with the community to complete the required forms for public and private events.’

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