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A council who demanded a counter-terror plan from a patriotic retiree hoping to hold a Jubilee street party has backed-down.
Gloria Odell, 70, wanted to honour Her Majesty’s record-breaking reign with the celebration on grassland on her street in Leverstock Green, Herts, but had to abandon it after being overwhelmed with bizarre paperwork after approaching Dacorum Borough Council.
Pages of forms and questions asked if there were going to be any motorsports stunts or aeronautical displays and demanded a counter-terrorism plan, security provisions and severe weather management mitigation.
But after MailOnline broke the story on her plight the council has u-turned on the amount of forms she needs to fill in.
And now – after Gloria was able to speak to someone at the authority – the party has been reinstated.
She said: ‘Nothing was set in stone when I wrote to them originally, but they took all my questions as fact and thought it would be a big event.
‘If I had been able to speak to someone I would have all been sorted out earlier – that’s what caused all the problems. I think there has been a bit of a lack of common sense.
‘I’m delighted it’s able to go ahead – I don’t need to put together a counter-terror plan now either. Which is a relief.’
The council is understood to have misunderstood Mrs Odell’s inquiry, which was a loose plan on might happen, and taken all her ideas for the event as solid facts.
A spokesperson for Dacorum Borough Council, said: ‘We have been working with Gloria Odell to refine the plans for her jubilee event.
‘This has reduced the number of required documents, which she has now completed.
Gloria Odell, 70, can now hold her jubilee event on the village green near her Herts home
She was left stunned by council red tape over efforts to hold her party on the village green
More of the forms for the street part, again asking about firms providing security services
‘We have a long history of planning safe and successful local events and we are pleased that her celebration is now going ahead along with 85 other local events.’
The lengthy questionnaire and forms have been seen by MailOnline and went into an extraordinary level of detail.
One was an event organisers ‘Covid guidance’ which says a risk assessment has to be carried out and control measures put in place.
The deluge of paperwork prompted Mrs Odell to try and speak to someone from the council but found it near-impossible to reach anyone.
When her local MP Sir Mike Penning heard about the problem he also started enquiries about what was happening.
The Platinum Jubilee weekend is from June 2 to 5 and marks the Queen’s 70 years of service
She was deluged with pages of forms and questions, including about aeronautical displays
It is understood to date he had only had a two-line reply saying the matter was being dealt with.
The Platinum Jubilee is a four-day UK bank holiday weekend from June 2 to 5 marking the Queen’s 70 years of service.
An statement on the Royal Family’s website says over 60,000 people have registered to host Big Jubilee lunches over the weekend.
And an estimated 10million people are going to be celebrating the occasion with street parties.
At the time a spokesperson from Dacorum Borough Council, said it did follow rules but was trying to make things 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 guidance but are working to simplify how people can meet the legal requirements for events held on our publicly owned land, and are committed to working more closely with the community to complete the required forms for public and private events.’