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Celebrate Safely!

‘Celebrate safely’ is the message from the Littlehampton Bonfire Society Safety Advisory Group to spectators attending the town’s Bonfire Night on Saturday 28th October.

Local residents and spectators can help to make it a safe and enjoyable evening for everyone by following the simple advice in the safety leaflet which is being distributed with the Bonfire Night programmes.

Residents and spectators must not attempt to park along the procession routes, which are subject to road closure orders. The emergency services have also requested that they park responsibly, allowing space for emergency vehicles to pass if necessary. Arun District Council and Sussex Police will be enforcing no parking regulations in roads subject to road closures, and any vehicles illegally parked will be ticketed and towed away. In the event of any damage to vehicles, owners may also find that their insurance is invalid if the vehicle is illegally parked. Car parking bays in Sea Road will be closed all day and evening.

Roads subject to road closure orders and parking restrictions, and the times affected, are as follows:

• Maltravers Rd, Fitzalan Rd (South from East St junction), Maltravers Drive

o No parking from 12 noon to 11:00pm

o Road Closure from 4:30pm to 11:00pm

• Granville Rd, Selborne Rd (from Granville Rd to St Winefrides Rd junctions), St Winefrides Rd, Church Street, Manor Parade, Beach Rd (from East Street junction to the War Memorial), St Catherine’s Rd, South Terrace (east from junction with St Catherine’s Road), Norfolk Rd (from South Terrace to Sea Rd), Sea Rd (from Norfolk Rd to swimming centre)

o No parking from 4:00pm to 10:30pm

o Road Closure from 7:00pm to 10:30pm

• St Flora’s Rd (from junction with Parkside Avenue to Sportsman roundabout), Berry Lane (junction with St Flora’s Rd to junction with The Winter Knoll)

o No parking St Flora’s Rd (25 metres either side of junction with Parkside Avenue) from 4:00pm to 9:15pm

o No parking Berry Lane (25 metres east of junction with The Winter Knoll to 25 metres west of junction with Southway) from 4:00pm to 9:15pm

o Road Closure from 7:00pm to 9:15pm

• Beach Rd (south of junction with Maltravers Rd)

o No parking from 12 noon to 11:00pm

o Road Closure from 3:00pm to 11:00pm

• East Street (from junction with Anchor Springs to junction with High Street)

o Road Closure from 7:00pm to 10:30pm

The Banjo Road car park will be closed from 5.00p.m. on Friday 27th October. The East Green car park will be closed from 8.00a.m. on Friday 27th October and will remain closed for the whole day on Saturday 28th October.

The do’s and don’ts to take note of if you are planning to come along to the celebrations are as follows:


The times of the main events during the evening and details of the procession routes are to be found in the Bonfire Night programme, on sale at local shops, and in the High Street precinct on the morning of the celebrations. See the society’s website for programme stockists.


Do NOT fly a drone over the procession, bonfire or fireworks.


Please do not bring any alcohol with you as the whole of the event takes place within the alcohol exclusion zone. The police may confiscate and dispose of it.

Don’t play with fireworks

Do not set off fireworks in the street. It is both dangerous and illegal, and carries a £5,000 fine. Do not bring sparklers – they can be dangerous in a crowded environment.

Don’t pick up torches

Keep away from discarded torches, they may still be hot. Do not attempt to pick up discarded torches – they have been put down because they are no longer safe to hold. Do not place litter in the water butts which are for extinguishing torches. Keep clear of the rear of the processions to allow the marshals to pick up the discarded torches. Keep windows along the procession routes closed to avoid the risk of fire from flying embers.

Keep behind barriers

Keep out of the bonfire, fireworks and float dispersal safety areas. Keep on the pavements as the processions pass, and behind the crowd barriers which you will find at certain points along the procession route. Do not allow children to sit on the kerb, or push prams or pushchairs into the road while the procession is passing by. If you haven’t got a good view of the procession, move to a less densely crowded part of the route. Do not attempt to walk on or cross the road while the processions are passing by. Wear suitable non-flammable clothing. Do not shine any laser beams directly at participants or members of the crowd – it is extremely dangerous to do so.


Lost children will be taken to St John Ambulance Mobile Base in Banjo Road.

First aid

A St John Ambulance first aid point will be located in Banjo Road on the seafront. St John Ambulance personnel will also be found in the processions and along the procession routes.

In an emergency

In the event of an emergency you are asked to quickly respond to directions given by marshals and / or the emergency services. Be aware of the knee rail fence around the perimeter of The Green, especially if The Green has to be evacuated in an emergency. Keep clear of the emergency services green route, Fitzalan Road.

2 thoughts on “Celebrate Safely!

  1. How can I get a car parking (in the car park) permit as a South Terrace resident?

    1. Hi. Please contact us using the contact form, or via email and someone will respond to you. Thank you.

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