Wiganers ready to party

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton

GET set to party! We’ve already been given a bank holiday by the royal couple, and now Wigan Council is offering another gift to help Wiganers celebrate the most lavish wedding of the year.

Applications for street parties are already flooding in for the big event of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding – even though it is still months away.

And the council has announced that party organisers will be able to celebrate in style on April 29 without any additional cost, as officials have agreed to waive the usual traffic regulation order (TRO) fees, for one day only.

Normally, a TRO is required for all such events, but to boost the party atmosphere across the borough, the order will not be required.

Head of highways Mark Tilley said: “Normally, closing a road incurs quite a cost for a temporary traffic regulation order.

“So we’re saying to people that as long as we know about your party plans by March 31, we can do a formal application for everyone at once. This means there will be no charge to residents and just one single cost for us to manage.”

The highways team manage the logistics of road closures for church parades, the Remembrance Sunday services, as well as many other events during the year.

Communities who choose to come together and party will need to provide cones or barriers to close the street, and will be responsible for all public liability associated with the event.

Each application will receive a useful guide to assist with the technicalities. If you are interested in holding a street party, contact the council’s Traffic Group, Environmental Services, New Market Street, Wigan or email traffic@wigan.gov.uk for an application form.

Application forms must be received before March 31.

Applications received after this date will not benefit from the general legal closure order and therefore will not be given approval.

So get your bunting ready and your paper plates handy, April 29 is set to be a joyous occasion in true Wigan style.