YOUNG people in Midhurst who celebrated the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton with an unofficial street party have got the backing of town councillors despite getting a right royal dressing down from one critic.
The woman, who has not been named, urged town councillors to take the matter up with the appropriate authorities after claiming the ‘mini rave’ on the grass beside the A272 at North Mill, had given the town a bad name.
But, after hearing her complaint, Steve Morley told fellow town councillors: “I don’t think we should waste our time any further on this.”
“I don’t condone raves, but these were young people enjoying themselves and celebrating the royal wedding along with the rest of the country. It is commendable that whoever had the party cleared up afterwards and had a good time.”
Town councillors were told the music ‘could be heard for miles around and was particularly intrusive for those of us living nearby. I have checked with the county council and no permission was given for this event, although I am told it was held out as a ‘street party’.
“What concerns me is the impression it gave of Midhurst had one been travelling through.
“Let alone the noise and disruption at the roadside, revellers – some in their early teens – were drinking quite openly in the street, and could be seen falling around the pavement, Causeway and North Street Car Park. If I had been a visitor passing through Midhurst between lunchtime and 9.30pm I wouldn’t have stopped in the town for a second – or ever been tempted back.”
Colin Hughes told fellow town councillors he had heard the music: “I eventually discovered it was coming from a fairly small group of young people who had set up a disco area. It stopped early and I didn’t see any evidence of drunkenness or people falling over in the town.”
Town clerk Joan Hursthouse pointed out another street party had taken place at the same time in Carron Lane without the landowner’s (Midhurst Town Council) permission. But she told councillors it had been to celebrate the royal wedding in the way the prime minister himself had encouraged the whole country to do: “I have spoken to one person who saw the event and wasn’t aware of any problems and to a neighbour who said although it was noisy, it was over early and there was no litter.”