OLDHAM Council should cancel road closure charges to allow residents to organise street parties for the Royal Wedding in May.
That’s the call from Councillor Howard Sykes, Leader of the Opposition and Liberal Democrat Group on Oldham Council.
Millions of Brits are expected to celebrate the nuptials of His Royal Highness Prince Harry, Princess Diana’s youngest son, to American fiancée Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday, May 19 2018.
Councillor Sykes said: “I am sure that many citizens will wish to mark the royal wedding to holding a street party.
“The Royal Family is held in high esteem across the nation and the sentiment in our Borough is no different.
“Street parties are a great way for people from all backgrounds to come together to celebrate this special occasion.
“In 2011, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding was celebrated by the great British public at street parties across the land, including one held on Downing Street.
“I want to see Oldham Council doing its bit by not imposing a fee on the public for closing a road.
“The public will still need to secure Council permission to close a road but we shouldn’t be charging for it,” he added.
“The Government is also urging councils to waive their charges for road closures on May 19.
“Many councils; from Bromley to Salford; have already agreed to do so, so it is my hope that Oldham Council will not be a party pooper, but will follow suit,” stated Councillor Sykes.
The organisation Street Party – www.streetparty.org.uk – provides guidance on throwing a safe and enjoyable street party.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has also just published its own online guidance, ‘Your guide to organising a street party’.
Councillor Sykes added: “I have also asked the Council Leader to create links from the Council’s web page to these websites.”