Extra security has been introduced to Kings Heath Dining Club this weekend. The monthly event, which takes place in York Road, will also charge customers an entrance fee for the first time.
The event requires the closure of York Road where it meets Kings Heath1 High Street next to the Hare & Hounds pub which organises the day. The pub s website says: There will be a slight change in the layout of the event.
Despite our best efforts to avoid this, recent consultations with local businesses and residents raised a number of concerns including people drinking outside the footprint of the event and making certain businesses feel uncomfortable about the potential for antisocial behaviour.
Street food on York Road in Kings Heath (Image: Graham Young)
This has resulted in the decision to reduce the size of the closure with the new layout going no further than the Relax & Comfort furniture shop, fully fenced all the way around with stewards/security at each end.
This combined with the recent increase in street closure costs passed on by Birmingham City Council will result in a small entry fee of 1.50 for adults (kids still free) with 50p from each payment going to a local Kings Heath charity.
Taking place from 11am to 6pm on Sunday, July 16, with resident DJs adding to the atmosphere, traders being advertised include Handmade Pizza Co, Platinum Pancakes, Homeboys, Bare Bones Churro, English Indian, Low n Slow2 , Baked in Brick3 , Fancy Fries, Canoodle, Habanero, Bee-Fest Italian and Smoqued.
A Waffle van on York Road (Image: Graham Young)
Because new rules are set to apply to public events from August 1, it has not yet been decided whether the next Kings Heath Dining Club will go ahead in August.
Earlier this week it seemed as if the now annual event would be moving from York Road to the Parade car park off the High Street due to public security and fire safety concerns.
View from upstairs at the Hare & Hounds during the 2015 Kings Heath Street Festival (Image: Graham Young)
Following comments from business owners and residents, the Kings Heath BID is currently reconsidering all options with the safety changes from August 1 also in mind.
PC Andy Collis (0094) with Caydon Madden (five, left) and brother Charlie Madden (four) on York Road in 2015 (Image: Graham Young)
Even if the September Street Festival stays on York Road, we are still keen to have similar events in other parts of Kings Heath, such as The Parade, the Village Square and even using our two schools Bishop Challoner Secondary School6 and Kings Heath Primary.
Revellers at this year’s Pride parade1 will be guarded by armed police amid heightened security following recent terror attacks in the capital. Firearms officers will patrol the parade through central London on Saturday, with Scotland Yard having already warned those attending to expect an increased police presence.2
Concrete roadblocks have also been set up to guard against a London Bridge-style attack, with 24,500 partygoers set to descend on Soho for the parade. This year, 150 police officers and staff from the Met will take part in the parade, alongside officers from British Transport Police, paramedics and the London Fire Brigade.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to march through central London during the parade (PA Archive/PA Images)
Chief Superintendent Helen Millichap said: “We know that recent events in London and Manchester will cause people to worry.
As with any large event the Met’s priority is public safety and we are working closely with the organisers in the lead up to Pride to develop our policing plan.
“We want Pride to be a friendly and safe event for everyone to enjoy and, to help us, we need the public to take the usual precautions by remaining vigilant and reporting anything of concern to police officers or stewards at the event.”
Plain clothes officers are also set to patrol the event, with the Met having worked with organisers over the past few months to prepare security measures. At a meeting last week, the Met said the event would be policed within the context of recent terror attacks in Manchester and London. Met Commisioner Cressida Dick said the celebrations would look and feel a bit different this year .
Officers were forced to review security arrangements at last year s festival in the wake of the terror attack at an Orlando gay club, which left 49 people dead. On June 3, eight people were killed when terrorist mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge before going on a stabbing rampage in Borough Market. The parade, which runs from 1pm until 4.30pm, starts in Portland Place before marching through Soho and ending at Whitehall.
Tomorrow s parade celebrating1 the Golden State Warriors championship win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals will include a security system that can detect rogue drones. Up to two million people are expected to join the festivities in Oakland, Calif, where the police department confirmed that it is working with federal and state law enforcement to secure the event. The drone detection system in place at the Warriors parade is made by Dedrone, an anti-drone security company that sells sensor and camera installations that can alert security personnel when a drone is flying overhead . Dedrone s system is also used at the Mets Citi Field baseball stadium2 in New York.
We are requesting that no drones are flown in the area of the parade, said Officer Johnna Watson, who handles media relations for the Oakland Police Department . Watson said the entire parade route and nearby areas are a no drone zone during the event .
Police and media helicopters are expected to be flying during the parade, and Watson said there s concern about keeping those aircraft safe. Dedrone s sensors are installed along the parade route . And while the system isn t designed to take a rogue drone down, it does the hard work of detecting where the small flying robot is, so security on ground can choose to jam its signal, intercept it or investigate whether or not the drone is a threat . The system can also detect if the drone is capable of carrying a potentially hazardous payload. Due to security concerns, Dedrone wouldn t share how many sensors are being installed throughout the parade route .
The company did say that its primary concern is the detection of consumer-grade drones, like those made by DJI. If a drone is detected, Watson said the Oakland Police Department will attempt to notify the operator of the flight restrictions and safety concerns. When the Warriors won the NBA championship on Monday, fans took to the streets of Oakland and San Francisco to celebrate .
OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 12: Golden State Warriors fans celebrate outside of Oakland City Hall on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California.Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images