EXCLUSIVE: Council poopers tell the organizer of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee party that she can only have an event if she fills out 23 PAGES of forms, including plans on what to do to do if the event is hit by a hurricane or terrorist attack
- Patriot Gloria Odell, 70, was stunned by bureaucracy over efforts to organize the party
- She wanted to have a street party in a quiet village near Herts’ house
- Dacorum City Council Requested Anti-Terrorism Plan For Kneeling Royal
- The 23 pages of questions and forms called ‘absolute nonsense’ by Ms Odell
- The council even asked if motorsport stunts or aeronautical demonstrations would be happening
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A Queen’s Platinum Jubilee party on a pretty village green had to be scrapped – after a council demanded 23 pages of forms be completed and counter-terror plans drawn up.
Pensioner Gloria Odell, 70, had wanted to honor Her Majesty’s record-breaking reign with the celebration in the grasslands of her street in Leverstock Green, Herts.
But she was overwhelmed after approaching Dacorum City Council on how to organize the event.
After reading the government’s guidance website – which insists that ‘street parties are simple to organize’ – she expected little fuss.
But she said the Tory-led council seemed to have a different understanding of simplicity.
Ms Odell – a former party planner – was inundated with pages of forms and questions, including whether there were going to be motorsport stunts or aeronautical displays.
Later, the docs asked if there would be boxing or wrestling, before moving on to the necessary supported docs.
The council has requested documents including a counter-terrorism plan, security arrangements and weather management mitigation.
Bizarrely – given that there are no legal coronavirus restrictions in place in the UK – he also asked for a Covid 19 risk assessment.
Ms Odell told MailOnline: ‘I couldn’t quite believe my eyes – this quiet part of Hemel Hempstead I would say is not likely to be affected by terrorism.
Gloria Odell, 70, was stunned by bureaucracy over efforts to throw a party in the town square
She was inundated with pages of forms and questions, especially about aeronautical displays
The council also wanted her to come up with a number of plans, including a counter-terrorism strategy
“It’s just utter nonsense. The board seem to be the ones who think any form needs to be filled out.
“They claimed the green belonged to the council, but it belongs to the ratepayers.
“People use it all the time and dog walkers are there every day to exercise their pets.”
The lengthy questionnaire and forms have been seen by MailOnline and go into an extraordinary level of detail.
One is a “Covid advice” from event organizers which states that a risk assessment must be carried out and control measures must be put in place.
The deluge of paperwork prompted Ms Odell to try to speak to someone at the council, but found it nearly impossible to reach anyone.
When his local MP, Sir Mike Penning, heard about the problem, he too began to investigate what was going on.
It is understood that to date, he had only received a two-line response indicating that the matter was being processed.
The Platinum Jubilee weekend runs from June 2-5 and marks the Queen’s 70 years of service
More forms for the street part, again requesting information about companies providing security services
The Platinum Jubilee is a four-day bank holiday weekend in the UK, from June 2-5, marking the Queen’s 70 years of service.
A statement on the Royal Family’s website says more than 60,000 people signed up to host Big Jubilee lunches over the weekend.
And around 10 million people will celebrate the occasion with street parties.
Mrs. Odell decided to organize a small occasion in her back garden for family and friends.
She added: ‘I am not conducting a street party for neighbours, which would have benefited our local St. Francis Hospice, as I have offered to hold a locker room style raffle to raise funds.
“We’re having our own party in our back garden instead, for family and friends.
“It’s such a shame that this opportunity to have a community event ran into such trouble from Dacorum.”
A Dacorum Borough Council spokesperson said it was following the rules but trying to make it 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 guidelines, but we are working to simplify how people can meet legal requirements for events held on our public lands, and we are committed to working more closely with the community to fulfill the forms required for public and private events. ‘