Royal wedding street parties boost

Transport secretary Philip Hammond has said the Government is scrapping the existing guidance on road closures to make it easier for communities to hold street parties to celebrate the royal wedding.

Stating that the guidance - which was intended to cover all types of special events - was sometimes being misinterpreted by councils, Mr Hammond said all local authorities in England will be informed of the change.

Mr Hammond said: "The royal wedding will be a day of celebration for communities up and down the country and street parties are a great way for people to get together and share this happy occasion.

"In the past our guidance to councils on road closures has sometimes been misinterpreted and led to residents facing escalating costs and unnecessary bureaucracy.

"I hope that withdrawing this guidance will make it easier for councils to let street parties go ahead and allow local communities to celebrate without being bogged down by paperwork."

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