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Chorley Council is bracing itself for a late rush of street closure applications as the town gears up for the wedding of the century.

Latest figures show that just four applications for road closures have been received for street parties in the town to mark the union of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29.

One of those to apply is 32-year-old Matthew Lee, who has applied for a street closure of Hampshire Avenue, in Buckshaw Village, so the six households in the road can celebrate the nuptials.

He said: “It’s a Royal wedding and it’s going to be a good old-fashioned street party.

“It will be from midday until 8pm. There will be inflatables up for the kids and a live band.

“Six houses will be involved but their extended families will be there so there could be more than 100 people.”

Me Lee, a father-of-one, thinks a lot of other people will hold small street parties that don’t require a road closure.

“We only needed a licence because we wanted a road closure,” he said. “You only need a music and alcohol licence if you’re charging for it, not if it’s a private party.

“The council has made it really easy and the application only took 10 minutes.”

According to Chorley Council if you’re selling alcohol you’ll need a licence costing £21.

You also won’t need a permit to serve food, play music, or have activities such as a tombola or raffle.

If you want to have a pay bar, provide entertainment to the wider public or charge for the event, you will need a temporary events notice, which will cost £21.

Those having a street party will however be responsible for cleaning up afterwards.

Chorley Council is urging people to get their applications in as soon as possible to make sure the day runs smoothly.

Jamie Carson, Chorley Council’s director of people and places, said: “We’ve received four applications so far and we would urge anyone who wants to hold a street party for the Royal Wedding to contact us as soon as possible.

“We’ve made the application process as simple as we can for residents and more information is available at www.chorley.gov.uk/streetparty.”

The Chorley and Leyland Guardian has joined forces with Chorley Little Theatre and Age Concern Lancashire to screen the wedding at the Dole Lane venue on April 29.

It’s aimed at older residents and free tickets are available from Malcolm’s Musicaland or Age Concern Lancashire.