Further help for Royal street parties

SCARBOROUGH residents are being offered further help to organise street parties to celebrate the Royal wedding.

Earlier this month people attended a special training session, learning about key elements such as road closures, insurance and catering in a two-hour session run by Scarborough Council in the Town Hall’s Sea View Conference Room.

Now, North Yorkshire County Council is issuing guidance to people wanting to organise festivities to mark the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29 and is making every effort to reduce the expense.

The authority is reminding people that if applications are received by March 14 it can make one legal order to cover a number of roads and will bear the costs. The deadline provides sufficient time to check that individual locations are suitable and to carry out the legal process required for a road closure.

However, in order to hold a street party for free, residents must choose a private street, or a cul-de-sac, where there is no access to other roads and where neighbours and residents can gather easily and safely together.

Organisers are advised not to sell alcohol or publicise and charge for music.

Further information about setting up a street party, including application forms, is available at www.northyorks.gov.uk/streetparty