Protests planned for Aylesbury town centre – Saturday 1 May
Date Published: 29/04/10
Advice for town centre businesses and residents who live in the town, or who are planning to visit the town on the day
English Defence League protesters are expected to arrive in Aylesbury from noon on Saturday, mainly by train and coach. They will be escorted by police first to a ‘muster’ area and then on to Aylesbury Market Square. The protest is expected to run from around 2.30pm until 4.30pm, when the protestors will be escorted back to their coaches and trains. The town should be mainly cleared by around 7pm, although any of these times could be subject to change.
Many shops will be open for at least the morning but some are choosing to close for the whole day. Spectators are urged to stay away during the protest. Pubs, bars and restaurants are expected to open as usual on the evening of 1 May.
AVDC, Thames Valley Police and other partners are working together to make sure that the planned protest – and any counter-protests – are well managed and peaceful. Plans are in place to minimise the disruption and make sure the town remains accessible throughout the day.
However, details of the event, and any other event planned by different groups for the same day, are subject to change. Town centre businesses, as well as residents who live in the town, or who are planning to visit the town, are advised to be flexible around their planning for Saturday.
Road closures/traffic disruption
• Market Square will be closed to vehicle access from 7am onwards but there will still be pedestrian access.
• Walton Street will be closed to vehicles travelling from the gyratory/Magistrates’ Court towards the town centre from 7am.
• Although the exact time is unknown, at some point in the morning the inner ring road between the Exchange Street roundabout (junction of Walton Street and Exchange Street) and the Hen and Chickens/Big Hand Mo’s roundabout (junction of Oxford Road A418 and Gatehouse Road) will be closed.
• There will be vehicle access to the town centre but motorists are advised that there may be congestion and motorists are advised to follow diversions. Delays are expected on all town centre roads. If possible, they should be avoided.
Thames Valley Police will review the road closures on an ongoing basis and restrictions will be lifted when safe to do so. This is expected to be some time in the early evening, however this is subject to change and residents are advised to monitor the Thames Valley Police website and local radio for updates.
• Aylesbury railway station will be open as normal.
• Aylesbury bus station will be closed from 7am, with services starting and finishing further out. Bus travel details are available from www.transportoncall.co.uk.
• Taxis and private hire vehicles will not operate from 6am on Saturday 1 May until 6am on Sunday 2 May.
Sources of information
Both residents and businesses are advised to be flexible around their planning for Saturday, as details of the event (and any other event planned by different groups for the same day) are subject to change.
Town centre businesses and residents who either live in the town, or who are planning to visit the town on that day, are advised to refer to the following sources of information for further updates:
• listen for updates on Mix 96
• follow the police twitter page – twitter.com/TVP _Aylesbury
• check the police website www.thamesvalley.police.uk (see link below)
• call the police non-emergency number 0845 8 505 505, which will have extra staff manning the phones.
Statement by AVDC and Aylesbury Town Council:
Aylesbury Vale District Council and Aylesbury Town Council are united in opposing the proposed English Defence League (EDL) visit to Aylesbury town centre. We have a clear message to send out to the EDL and its supporters:
1. We didn’t invite the EDL to our town and we are disappointed that they have chosen to come here.
2. We urge communities in Aylesbury and the Vale to ignore the protest, to stay away from the event and not to be provoked. We want to allow the police to manage the gathering.
3. We are aware of the level of violence and disruption associated with recent EDL events in Birmingham, Stoke and other places where the Unite Against Fascism have also held counter activities. We are very concerned at the distress the planned protests may cause to members of the public and the economic damage it may cause to local businesses in our town.
4. We are proud that the communities in Aylesbury work together to create a harmonious and peaceful town and we do not want any group or individual trying to jeopardise that.
5. We do not have the power to ban the protest. Neither do the police. We are working closely with the police to do all that we can to protect and support local people, our businesses and Aylesbury town centre.
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