Road Closures | Colchester Borough Council

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Road Closures

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A list of all the current road closures, how to apply for a closure and details of the Safety Advisory Group who provide assistance to event organisers


  • A list of upcoming road closures
  • How to apply to close a road
  • Information about the Safety Advisory Group

Approved upcoming road closures will be shown below:

Roads affected
and Event

Date of Road Closure

Road Closure Times

Responsible Officer from
Colchester Borough Council

Bourne Road - Tree Felling7 November 20178.00am - 16.30pmLee Copping
Castle Park Firework Display
- Folley Footpath
4 November 201718.00pm - 21.00pmPeter Ferguson
St Lawrence Primary School
Firework Display -
Footpath running to Rowhedge
Recreation Ground
5 November 201716.00pm - 19.00pmLee Copping
Remembrance Sunday Parade
Colchester High Street
12 November 20178.00am - 12.15pmPeter Ferguson
Remembrance Sunday Parade
12 November 201714.35pm - 15.15pmSteve Switzer
Remembrance Sunday Parade
12 November 20172.15pm - 2.30pm and
3.15pm - 3.30pm
Steve Switzer
Remembrance Sunday Parade
West Mersea
12 November 201710.15am - 11.15amSteve Switzer


Please note that those who organise road closures are asked to let us know if they change their plans, however sometimes events may be cancelled at short notice. 

We understand that road closures can be a bit of a pain. We can assure you that we will do everything we can to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible.  


How to Apply for a Road Closure:

Thinking of holding your own march, procession or parade? Applying for a road closure is easy, here's how:

1. Check with the Police whether the area you have chosen for your event is suitable. We will do this anyway through our consultation process but it would be best for you to discuss your plans with the Police first. 

Contact Colchester's Community Policing team

2. Print and complete both these forms:  

Road Closure Application Form and Guidance Notes 

Event Risk Assessment Guidance Notes

and send them to: Operational Services PSU, Colchester Borough Council, Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road, Colchester, CO3 3WG

Or email them to:

3. We will consider your application, consult Essex County Council and Essex Police and then tell you the outcome.  

4. If your application is approved, you will then have to inform all residents and businesses that may be affected by your event.

5. There may be charges for a road closure, ranging from £50 to £2000. 

6. As well as applying to us, you may also be required to hold Public Liability Insurance and a Performing Rights Society Music Licence.


Safety Advisory Group

The Safety Advisory Group (SAG) has been organised for authorities and agencies to liaise in relation to public events which are proposed to be held within the Colchester Borough. The SAG will help ensure events operate in a safe manner and in consideration for those affected by the event. The SAG will therefore provide assistance in ensuring event organisers are aware of and meet their responsibilities.

The importance of events occurring is recognised and the operation of the events is encouraged where they are suitably organised and operated.

The core members will comprise senior officers (or their representatives) from Colchester Borough Council, Essex Highways, Essex Fire and Rescue Service, Essex Police and the Ambulance Service.

You can find out more by viewing the SAG terms of reference and protocols.