IT’S being billed as one of the biggest celebrations of the year.

But in Brighton and Hove there are just three street parties on the cards to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The city council expects many more as the celebration of Her Majesty’s 60 years on the throne nears.

With little more than two months until the national holiday, bosses at Brighton and Hove City Council said they are bracing themselves for a late rush of applications as communities come together and toast the Queen.

They add that it is not charging for road closures to make it easier and cheaper for people to organise events.

Coun Bowden said: “We’re trying to make it as easy as possible for people to celebrate the Jubilee.

“If they get in touch with the council in advance it will look after all the paperwork to ensure it is as relatively painless as possible so people can relax and have a great day.

He added: “In the run-up to the royal wedding, we had a large number of late applications for street parties, and we expect this to happen this year also.

“We will be advertising small-scale funding to support community groups wanting to put on celebratory events during the summer, now that we have confirmation of community funding budgets for 2012/13.”

In Mid Sussex 12 applications have been made, 11 of which are still pending approval.

In Lewes ten street parties have been confirmed.

Hundreds of street parties and fairs were held across the county to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002.

For more details email or call 01273 293366.

Those interested applying for funding can call 01273 290000.

Mid Sussex District Council, which can be contacted on 01444 477305, asks its residents to give it six weeks to process road closure applications.

Worthing and Adur councils (01903 221226) will also waive the £100 fee providing forms are submitted before April 24.

Guidance on the Lewes District Council (01273 484420) website said forms have to be in eight weeks in advance.