Street parties help make people more neighbourly

STREET parties like the ones held by Notts residents to celebrate the royal wedding have helped make people more neighbourly, according to a national survey.

72 streets across Nottinghamshire were closed to motorists by the County Council during the royal wedding street party celebrations in April, putting the county in fourth place across the entire UK for on-street celebrations.

And that’s good news for local communities, according to an annual survey into community co-operation for Co-operatives UK, the national trade body that campaigns for co-operation and works to promote, develop and unite co-operative enterprises.

“Events such as the royal wedding have a legacy of great community spirit,” said Ed Mayo, secretary general of Co-operatives UK.

The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton took place on Friday, 29th April at Westminster Abbey and saw an estimated 5,500 street parties take place across the UK, with thousands of people across Nottinghamshire choosing to gather with their neighbours to celebrate.

“We’re not surprised by the results of this survey,” said Nottinghamshire County Councillor Richard Jackson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways.

“We were keen to give people the opportunity to host street parties as they allow neighbours to get to know each other and strengthen community ties.

“We were delighted when the Local Government Association announced that our county was in fourth place across England and Wales for planning to hold the highest number of street parties.

“This proves that our decision to cut through red tape by waiving the road closure fees was welcomed by local residents.

“And with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics both taking place next year, we hope that even more people will take the opportunity to get together with their neighbours in 2012.”