Events on the Highway
The County Council welcomes events that are enjoyed by residents, boost tourism and benefit local businesses.
Any event can cause disruption and careful management is required to minimise congestion and ensure the event is carried out safely. The County Council has a legal obligation to proactively manage the highway network. This includes working with event organisers to ensure appropriate actions are taken and plans are put in place to ensure the event is a success.
To enable an assessment of the impact of an event on the highway network the event organiser is required to do the following:-
- Register the event and apply for any road closures or temporary traffic restrictions
- Liaise with the local highway manager
- Provide a traffic management plan
- Provide full details of the event
Larger events will trigger the need for the event to be considered by a Safety Advisory Group (SAG). This is a multi-agency panel that provides advice and co-ordinates responses for these types of events.
Demonstrations cannot be dealt with by the Council. The Police must be contacted so that they are able to make appropriate arrangements.
Event organisers should use the links below to organise events that impact on the highway network:
Further guidance is available in the Event Management Advice document below.