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RED tape has been reduced to make it easier for people to organise street parties for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Hampshire County Council, the county’s highway authority for all areas outside Portsmouth and Southampton, has agreed the council’s permission is not needed – provided the street is not a through road and no more than 500 people are attending the party.

The only permission that will be needed is a licence to hang bunting from lamp posts.

Council leader Ken Thornber said: ‘Even more people may be spurred into organising a party in the street where they live if they know they don’t have a lot of red tape.’

Permission will be needed for larger-scale events, however. For more information visit hants.gov.uk.