Peterborough road closures planned as it prepare for EDL protest march

Thursday, March 20, 2014
9:15 AM

The EDL (English Defence League) will be marching through Peterborough next weekend – and will be met with a counter protest by the Peterborough Trades Union Council (PTUC).

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Cambridgeshire police said the EDL march will start at 2pm on Saturday, March 29, in London Road and proceed over Town Bridge, past Bridge Street police station and then congregate on Lower Bridge Street at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court.

Temporary road closures will be in place on London Road and Town Bridge while the protest takes place.

The PTUC march will start about 12.30pm at Bishops Road car park and proceed along Rivergate, and congregate at the Key Theatre car park.

Again, road closures will be in place on Rivergate, Bishops Road and some surrounding streets while the protest takes place.

Peterborough district commander Supt Tony Ixer said: “These are very similar routes to those used by the EDL and opposition in 2010 when the protests passed off largely peacefully.

“These routes will balance the concerns of local people and businesses in Peterborough, while responding to the wishes of the EDL and PTUC.

“It provides central locations for both protests while allowing the majority of businesses in the city to continue as usual.

“We understand that for businesses in the Rivergate area there will be an impact during the protest and we are working with those business owners, alongside the council, to minimise this and look at alternative ways of drawing in business over the weekend.

“At this stage we cannot confirm numbers likely to attend. As and when we have further information we will share this with the public through our various established links with the community.”

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