Laura Trott WILL get street party to toast her London 2012 Olympics double gold medal success
PUBLISHED: 17:51 15 August 2012
LAURA Trott will get a street party in her home town to honour her double Olympic gold medal-winning triumph, after Hertfordshire County Council today (Wednesday) vowed to cut through red tape.
It had appeared the 20-year-old’s plans to celebrate back home in Cheshunt would be blocked by bureaucracy.
The Welwyn Wheeler announced during an interview on BBC Radio 1’s breakfast show yesterday that her dad wanted to organise a street party – but they were waiting for the council to agree to it.
Her admission led to outrage from host Vernon Kay, from Bolton, where a public homecoming parade for Jason Kenny – Laura’s boyfriend and fellow track cyclist gold medal winner – was being organised.
Mr Kay called for the authorities to pull their finger out – and today they responded.
County council leader Robert Gordon issued a statement today stating a party WOULD happen.
He said: “Hertfordshire County Council and Broxbourne Borough Council have been aware for a couple of days that family and friends of Cheshunt gold medallist, Laura Trott, wanted to throw a street party in celebration of her splendid achievement.
“Both councils quickly indicated their support for the party but needed details of the event so that they could ensure that it would face no problems.
“I have spoken personally with Paul Mason, the Leader of Broxbourne, to confirm that the county council is entirely supportive.”
Cllr Gordon said: “The powers for road closures under these circumstances lie with the borough council and they have confirmed that they will be granting permission for the closure.
“In addition, they’re actively working with the family to help them with their preparations.”
He added: “We’re very proud of our Olympians and are keen to do all we can to help them celebrate with their local communities.
“We hope the Trotts and their neighbours have a great time.”
* The Welwyn Hatfield Times is leading calls to rename the cycling track at Gosling Sports Park after Laura Trott.
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