CAMERON SAYS ITS OK,
Posted by Gardengirl347 from Aberdare on the 11th April 2011
The Prime Minister has urged the public to go ahead with royal wedding street party celebrations and ignore people who try and put them off with bureaucracy and health and safety warnings.
David Cameron said residents did not need special documents to hold a street party and he urged people to get involved later this month.
Speaking at a PM Direct event in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, he said: "I'm very much saying if people want to have a street party, don't listen to people who say it's all bureaucracy and health and safety, and you can't do it.
It's very important to understand if anyone wants to have a street party you don't need a food licence, you don't need an entertainment licence, you don't need to have written documents about closing your street.
"You don't have to pay for street closures, you don't have to have special health and safety permission - because there are councils out there that are telling you you do need these thing. You don't. So, if you do want to celebrate with Catherine and with William, you should go ahead and do so."
Writing in The Sun, Mr Cameron said: "To those councils that are asking small groups of neighbours for licences, insurance and other bureaucracy the message is clear: Don't interfere, don't get in the way and don't make problems where there are none. Let people get on and have fun.
"There have been stories about petty bureaucracy getting in the way of party planners.
"But people who want to come together to celebrate with their neighbours should go ahead."
The Department for Communities and Local Government is also expected to issue urgent new guidance for councils who have attempted to stop royal wedding festivities with unnecessary conditions.
In February, Transport Secretary Philip Hammond wrote to all local councils in England informing them that he was cutting Whitehall red tape by scrapping existing Government road-closure guidance.
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