Dancing in the streets

North Yorkshire County Council has offered to help residents host street parties to celebrate this year’s Royal Wedding.

The County Council has also offered to cover the costs of arranging the parties on April 29, providing certain criteria are met.

County councillor Gareth Dadd, North Yorkshire’s executive member for highways, said: “We wish to make the process as easy as possible for people to enjoy a street party for the Royal Wedding and we are happy to work with residents and to give as much guidance as possible.

“Highway safety has to be a high priority and we are encouraging people to hold their parties away from through roads.

“In this way organisation becomes much simpler and considerably cheaper.”

Applications must be received before 14 March to allow for the creation of a legal order to allow the closure of a number of roads.

In order to be eligible for the council to cover costs, the street party must be held on a private street, or a cul-de-sac, where there is no access to other roads.

To avoid needing an alcohol or entertainment licence 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.