Outside the English capital, Cardiff is proving a popular party-popping hotspot with 24, followed by Coventry and Bristol, both with 23. As counties go, Essex will see many a flag flying with 46 applications received across its councils.
About 2,000 requests for road closures have so far been received and it’s expected hundreds more will flood in as the deadline for applications in many areas does not close until April.
Cllr Chris White, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Programme Board, said:
“Street parties are an established part of British culture, they’re a great way for people to meet their neighbours and strengthen community bonds and a tradition councils do their best to support.
“In the run up to the royal wedding, councils across the country have been making organising celebrations as easy as possible and staff are busy explaining the requirements for different types of event.
“Straightforward guidance has been readily available from town halls and online, and many councils have links from their website to simple application forms which take just a couple of minutes to fill in. In many cases the authority has waived road closure fees and others have put money aside to support communities in marking the special occasion. Some have also put together party packs for organiser, including free bunting and flags.
“It’s great that we’re seeing such community spirit sweeping the nation, it’s exactly this spirit which will be so important in seeing us through the tough years ahead. And these applications are only for parties which require a road closure, there will be many more celebrations in gardens and homes across the country, and of course, many councils will be holding their own parties for residents.”
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