Street Party Grant Scheme

Saturday 6 May marks the coronation ceremony for His Majesty, King Charles III at Westminster Abbey. The coronation will be celebrated nationwide across the weekend from Saturday 6 May to Monday 8 May. Over the weekend there will be initiatives such as the ‘Coronation Big Lunch’ and a special concert at Windsor on Sunday 7 May. There will also be the ‘Big Help Out’ community activity day on Bank Holiday Monday 8 May.

To celebrate the coronation, residents and organisations in Dunstable can apply for a free road closure from Central Bedfordshire Council.

In honour of this commemorative occasion, Dunstable Town Council would like to encourage, and contribute to local Street Parties held by residents and organisations in Dunstable. Communities are invited to come together for The Coronation Big Lunch as part of the official celebrations for His Majesty, King Charles III.

A total of £1,000 has been made available to community groups and local residents, with individual grants of up to £100, which can be spent on anything including; food, entertainment, decorations or even a bouncy castle.

If you wish to apply for a grant towards holding your own Street Party, which must be held in Dunstable, please submit your application via the online form below. Alternatively, to receive a hard copy of the application form please contact Gina Thanky on 01582 891407 or email

Completed applications must be submitted by Friday 24 March 2023.

Road Closures

Central Bedfordshire Council will be granting the residents of Dunstable free road closures for their Street Parties which must be held between Saturday 6 May to Monday 8 May 2023. Residents wanting to apply for a road closure will need to fill out the application form below with a clearly marked map showing the exact location and extent of the closure and email it to by Monday 20 March 2023.

Please read the following guidelines from Central Bedfordshire Council on holding your own Street Party.

There are differences for each street party depending on the size. The basic rule is that they are not disruptive, they are small scale and they are free to attend.

Here are some specific conditions:

  • The road closure for the street party may take place for a single day on either Saturday 6 May 2023, Sunday 7 May 2023 or Monday 8 May 2023, between the hours 9 am to 9 pm.
  • Emergency service vehicles always need access.
  • Disabled drivers must be able to access disabled parking bays.
  • You’ll need to speak to residents who will be affected by the road closure to make sure they haven’t got any objections.
  • You can only apply to close the same section of road once a year.
  • Road closures will only be effective when signs are in place.
  • All rubbish must be cleared up.
  • You can’t damage the road surface.
  • Signs need to be clearly visible to all road users.
  • If you want to sell alcohol or food, you need authorisation from your local authority.
  • You can’t charge people to attend the event.
  • Music shouldn’t disrupt local residents.
  • If the street party is to be held on a bus route then they may incur a charge.
  • The event can’t be publicised, advertised or opened to the wider public.

 To help you plan your Street Parties here are some links that you may find useful: