Thursday, 25 January 2018

Royal Wedding - Street Party Time

Cllr Gareth getting into the spirit of the
Royal Wedding last time with his
neighbours in Derwent Road
Who doesn't like any old excuse to have a street party and use the opportunity to re-engage with neighbours and friends? With the Royal Wedding coming around this Spring Richmond Council is once again encouraging residents to get out the bunting and dust off those baking books.

For the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Council has agreed to wave the cost of closing roads on 19 and 20 May and the bank holiday weekend of 26, 27 and 28 May. This includes the cost of the statutory adverts required to make drivers aware. Neighbours and resident groups will only have to find the cost of hiring ‘road closed’ signage.

The deadline for applications is Monday 30 April 2018.

Cllr Gareth Elliott, Whitton Ward Councillor said:

"My neighbours and I had a great time at the last wedding and it was wonderful to see everyone out enjoying the occasion. I will certainly be getting together with my neighbours in Whitton to encourage a party on Derwent Road. I encourage others who wish to do so to get your neighbours together and plan for it well in advance."

Cllr Peter Buckwell, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Street Scene, said:

“We saw a great outpouring of goodwill across our borough for Prince William’s wedding, and I would love to see the same for his younger brother.

“We have already had a number of requests for street parties, but we want to encourage even more people to come together, show some community spirit and celebrate this joyful day.

“We will again do our bit for local people this year by covering the costs of closing roads, helping people mark this national occasion together.”

Advice from Richmond Council is to prepare well in advance, including talking to neighbours and applying in good time to have roads closed.

Visit the street parties page for more information and to apply.