COUNCIL bosses have received just ONE application for a street party to celebrate the Royal Wedding.
Prince William and Kate Middleton will tie the knot in just over nine weeks, on Friday April 29.
The date has been declared a bank holiday but only one person in Calderdale has applied to throw a street party.
As Courier archive pictures show, the streets were brimming with parties when Prince Charles and Princess Diana wed in 1981 and for the Queen’s golden jubilee in 2002.
Robin Tuddenham, director for safer and stronger communities says: “We have received one application for street parties for the Royal wedding.
“The application process can take up to eight weeks so we recommend any residents interested in holding a street party to apply as soon as possible.”
The Rev Martine Crabtree, of St Peter’s Church, in Sowerby, told the Courier she is hoping to organise a party at the church on the day.
She said: “We’re looking at playing the wedding live on a TV screen in church and people can come dressed up as though they’re going to a wedding.
“Then we’re having Champagne and a real wedding cake.”
Calderdale’s neighbouring councils are seeing a similar lack of interest so far.
Bradford has had three applications for road closures for street parties but Wakefield, Leeds and Kirklees have had none.
It is understood Calderdale Council’s deparment heads are meeting next week to discuss specific guidelines in relation to the wedding.
Coun Ian Cooper (Con, Todmorden) urged the council to make it easier for people to hold parties.
“This is a time for councils to pull down the barriers that make these celebrations almost impossible to hold,” he said.
Coun Stephen Baines (Con, Northowram & Shelf) added: “I’m interested to know what positive action Calderdale will be taking to encourage neighbourhoods to celebrate. Are they able to waive fees?
“Will they say no insurance will be required and that there will be no risk assessment by the council?”
Application forms, from http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/HomeAndCommunity/LeisureandRecreation/DG_192701, should be sent to the council’s recreation officer, Peter Vardy, on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01422 284437 for more information.
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