Council plans to give a helping hand for Royal wedding and Olympics parties

Party planners hoping to celebrate this year’s Royal wedding and the 2012 Olympics are to receive a helping hand from Tower Hamlets council.

The council is looking to shorten the time needed to process applications for Royal wedding street parties from 28 to 21 days.

Its events team is going to judge if a shorter application time will work based on how many applications are received in the coming weeks, ahead of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding on April 29.

The team has also put all the information party organisers need to know on one application form which can be downloaded at

Stephen Murray, the council’s head of arts and events said: “We have streamlined our processes to make it easier for those wanting to run street parties.”

Once the young couple have tied the knot, thoughts may turn to the London 2012 Olympics as another good reason for parties and cultural events.

The council is encouraging people to register any events for 2012 for the mayor of London’s Culture Diary.

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It will provide an overview of events and “inform a year long campaign to promote London as the world’s leading capital for culture and creativity” according to a council spokeswoman.

Entries for the diary need to be made by the end of March through

Organisers of non-cultural events to mark the Olympics which attract more than 450 people and require a temporary event notice or a road closure must email by March 7.

These could include shopping sales, community fetes or sports tournaments.