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article imageMore than 5,000 street parties to be held for the royal wedding

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By Jane Fazackarley     Apr 23, 2011 in World
Thousands of street parties will be held on April 29 as people across the UK celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Figures from the Local Government Association (LGA) show that there have been more than 5,000 requests for road closures on the day.
Councils in London report more than 800 applications, there have been nearly 300 requests from the Hertfordshire area and 205 applications in Surrey; street parties are also planned in a number of other cities and counties.
The LGA say that they "are also aware of thousands of other street parties" which don't need permission. As well as street parties, there will also be celebrations at other venues such as pubs and some councils have planned events to help celebrate the wedding. Other events planned include fancy dress parties for children and garden parties.
Commenting in a press release, Councillor Chris White, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Programme Board, said:
“Councils across the country have pulled out all the stops to make organising royal wedding street parties as easy as possible. The occasion has really enthused residents in some areas and it’s been no easy task for council staff to manage all the differing requests, but it’s work they’re more than happy to do. Bringing communities together in these tough times can only be a good thing, and it’s something councils see as one of their key roles."
“Straightforward guidance has been readily available from council offices and online, along with simple application forms. Many councils have waived road closure and insurance fees where possible, and others have given out grants to support communities in marking the special occasion. Some have also put together party packs for organisers, including free bunting and flags, others are delivering and collecting road closure signs for organisers, and some are even laying on special rubbish collections."
One county council, Essex, have set up a Facebook group where people can share their own plans and find out about events to be held April 29.
Locally, Gloucestershire County Council say that 85 road closures have been approved for April 29 including 22 in the Cheltenham area. For the occasion, the council have waived the usual £70 fee for road closures.
Councillor Stan Waddington, Gloucestershire County Council's cabinet member for environment, said:
"I am absolutely delighted that so many individuals and groups have come forward to request a road closure for a street party.
"I don't know what kind of response other counties have had but we surely must be among the highest in the country for the number of road closures taking place for this very reason.
"It really shows that community spirit is alive and well in Gloucestershire and I for one will be out with everyone else celebrating this momentous occasion."
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