Royal wedding gets chilly reception with only four Hackney street parties planned

The royal wedding has received a chilly reception in Hackney so far with many residents reluctant to organise street parties in celebration.

With just five week’s to go until Will and Kate’s big day, the town hall has received just four applications for neighbourhood knees-up and extended its deadline as a result.

Many residents, including those living in Clapton Terrace and Stoke Newington Church Street Gardens, are yet to discuss their proposals. Others have different ideas for April 29.

Steven Smeeth, vice-chairman of Hoxton’s Arden Estate Tenants and Residents Association, said: “We’re going to have something in the community hall and get the old-aged pensioners in.”

But many neighbourhoods are overlooking the wedding in favour of events later in the year.

Jim Westwood, chairman of Leswin Area Residents Association (LARA) in Stoke Newington, said: “LARA doesn’t have any plans to hold a street party for the royal wedding. As far as I am aware, there have been no requests for one. What we will be doing is putting our efforts into holding a Big Lunch event in the West Hackney Recreation Ground on Sunday 5th June.

“I can only assume that a lack of movement for a street party would mean a general lack of interest by the residents in the royal wedding.”

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Hackney organisers must obtain public liability insurance of �5 million and show evidence of consultation with residents. They now have until April 15 to apply for a road closure.

A council spokesman said: “We want to ensure people in Hackney can come together and enjoy the royal wedding - and that the process for arranging a community street party is as simple as possible.”

For more information, call the council’s street scene team on 020 8356 8993.