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Resident parking scheme

If you live in the Resident Protection Zone (RPZ) you can apply for a free digital permit for your road during Radio 1's Big Weekend event.

This will ensure you can get in and out throughout the weekend when the roads are closed to all other motorists. Your digital permit is only valid for the vehicle details that have been provided.

You can also email [email protected] for specific requirements.

RPZs will be managed with road closures and staff to allow resident access only, deterring unauthorised parking and the blocking of residential access.

Marshals will be patrolling the road during the event and will have access to your vehicle details once you have registered for your permit and will allow you to enter and leave the street as normal and will be able to assist residents.

The RPZ will have checkpoints which will be operational from:

  • Friday 24 May from 10am to midnight
  • Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May from 8am to midnight

If you have any specific requirements over the Big Weekend event such as carers attending your address or access for visitors, you can email the team directly at [email protected] and they'll be happy to discuss your specific needs.

Questions and information required

  • Name
  • Address including post code
  • Email address
  • Contact telephone number
  • Vehicle registration number
  • Vehicle make
  • Vehicle colour
  • How many vehicles in your household?
  • Do you wish to add another vehicle? Up to a maximum of three
  • Upload proof of address such as a utility bill, driving licence

Open the tab below to see which roads are included in the RPZ.

  • Anthony Gardens
  • Ashton Road
  • Barn Owl Close
  • Bonnick Close
  • Brecon Close
  • Bretts Mead
  • Cardigan Street
  • Castle Street (Windsor Street - Stockwood Crescent)
  • Chapel Street
  • Chiltern Rise
  • Collingdon Street (only from 8pm to 2am)
  • Corncastle Road
  • Cowper Street
  • Cutenhoe Road
  • Deanes Close
  • Durler Gardens
  • Elizabeth Street (For a distance of 50 metres from its junction with Chapel Street)
  • Farley Farm Road
  • Farley Fields
  • Farley Hill (B4540)
  • Farm Green
  • Friars Way
  • Hagdell Road
  • Harcourt Street
  • Hillary Crescent
  • Hillborough Road
  • Holmfield Close
  • Homestead Way
  • Hunts CloseInkerman Street (only from 8pm to 2am)
  • Lawn Gardens
  • Lawn Path
  • Leyhill Drive
  • Liverpool Road (only from 8pm to 2am)
  • London Road
  • Ludlow Avenue
  • Masters Close
  • Mersey Place
  • New Street
  • Old Orchard
  • Ormsby Close
  • Park Street (From its junction with Osborne Road to its junction with the entrance to Luton Hoo)
  • Parkland Drive
  • Red Rails
  • Rotherham Avenue
  • Russell Rise
  • Russell Street (For a distance of 50 metres from its junction with Chapel Street)
  • Ruthin Close
  • Sackville Road
  • Saint Pauls Gardens
  • Somersby Close
  • South Road
  • Spring Place
  • St Johns Close
  • St Pauls Road
  • St Saviour’s Crescent
  • Stockwood Crescent
  • Strathmore Avenue (Junction with Baker Street to Junction with West Hill Road)
  • Sutherland Place
  • Tavistock Crescent
  • Tavistock Street
  • Tennyson Road (Junction with Baker Street to Junction with London Road)
  • Tenzing Grove
  • The Cross Way
  • The Grove
  • Tinsley Close
  • West Hill Road
  • Whipperley Way (Junction of North Drift & South Drift Way to Junction with Farley Hill)
  • Whitehill Avenue
  • Wilsden Avenue (Junction with Boilingbroke Road to Junction with Farley Hill)
  • Windsor Street (Junction with Hastings Street to Junction with Farley Hill)
  • Windsor Street (For a distance of 50 metres from its junction with Chapel Street)

The map below shows the designated RPZ. If your road is on the list of roads included in the RPZ above, or shown on the map below, please apply for the resident parking scheme.

Click map to see a larger image.

Map showing the resident protection zone for Radio 1's Big Weekend

FAQs

1. Why do I need a permit to drive to my house?
To prevent festival goers from parking within the residential streets around the festival site and maintain access for yourself throughout the weekend

2. I’m on the RPZ list and have applied for my digital permit but haven't heard anything.

We're receiving an exceptionally high number of emails and are working through them as quick as we can. Thank you for your patience and please be assured that, if you've applied for a virtual RPZ permit for Big Weekend, you can assume that this has been approved unless you hear from us.

Stewards working across the weekend will have your car registration details.

3. Can I drive through the zone if I do not want to park in the area?
No - the RPZ roads will be closed to everybody except residents with a permit.

4. Can I drive in to pick someone up without staying or parking?
No, not without a permit.

5. Do I need to apply for a permit for any deliveries that I am expecting during the closure period?
No - provided they're being made by a recognised courier or delivery company with the correct paperwork for your delivery.

6. I require home care. How do I apply for a permit for them and what information do I require?
Please email [email protected] with the following details:

  1. name of the care provider
  2. vehicle registration number of the carer’s vehicle

7. Will taxis be permitted to come to my house and collect me or bring me home?
Taxis will be permitted to bring you home, however, taxis will need to collect you from your nearest road closure point.

If you have mobility issues and need the taxi to collect you from outside your property, please call the event hotline number over the weekend with the details of the taxi being provided and we'll ensure it is able to reach your property.

Ubers can show the booking on their app to the marshals manning the road closures.

8. I’m planning a party for a family occasion that weekend. How many permits am I able to apply for? Can they park outside my house?
You may apply for up to 3 permits per household for yourselves and visitors over the weekend. They’ll be able to park outside of your house or on your driveway but will need a permit to access your property during the times when the RPZ applies.

9. We have visitors on Thursday that plan to leave Saturday morning. Will they need a permit even if they have already parked within the residential protection zone?
Vehicles already within the RPZ will not require a permit. If those vehicles leave and wish to re-enter during a time when the RPZ is enforced, they'll require a permit to re-enter.

10. Do I need a permit if I am keeping my car on the driveway?
No - vehicles already within the RPZ will not require a permit. If those vehicles leave and wish to re-enter during a time when the RPZe is enforced, they’ll require a permit to re-enter.

11. What do I do if I forget my pass and leave my home?
Vehicle details will be checked electronically at the entrance to the RPZ so there’s no need to carry a pass with you.

12. Is there a limit of how many permits I can request?
You may apply for up to 3 permits per household for yourselves and visitors over the weekend.

13. My car details may change after the permit application deadline. Am I am able to change the details afterwards?
Yes - please re-submit your details via the online form and we’ll update your vehicle details.

14. If I enter the zone late at night, do I need a permit in the morning to park at my house?
No - you'll only need a permit if you wish to enter the RPZ during the times that the road closure is in operation.

15. Do I need to apply for a permit for every day or does it cover the entire weekend?
The permits issued cover the whole weekend.

16. How are Farley Hill (the road) and Chapel Street affected?

They'll be closed on the following days between these hours:

  • from 10am Friday to 2am the following Saturday morning
  • from 8am Saturday to 1 am the following Sunday morning
  • frpm 8am Sunday to 1am the following Monday morning 

17. Where will I park my vehicle if I live on Farley Hill (the road) or Chapel St?

You'll need to move your car off the road before 10am on Friday, which is when the closure comes into place.

You'll be able to apply for a resident parking permit to park your vehicle elsewhere within the Resident Protection Zone. or you can park in nearby unaffected roads.

You'll also be able to park on your driveway off the street if you don't need to move your vehicle during the closure period.

Residents who live in Farley Hill or Chapel St with Zone N permits will be able to park in the Chapel Street Viaduct car park 2 without the need for a resident parking permit.

18. How are Cardigan St and Inkerman St affected?

These roads will be closed and residents will not be able to park on these roads between these hours:

  • from 8pm Friday to 2am the following Saturday morning
  • from 8pm Saturday to 2am the following Sunday morning
  • from 8pm Sunday to 2am the following Monday morning

19.Where will I park my vehicle if I live on Cardigan St or Inkerman St ?

You will be able to apply for a resident parking permit to park your vehicle elsewhere within the RPZ, or you can park in nearby unaffected roads.

Residents with Zone G permit will be able to park at Crawley Road car park or Wenlock Street.

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