City centre marches on 10 November

09/11/2012  
Two demonstrations are planned to take place in the city centre on Saturday 10 November.
 
The English Defence League (EDL) intends to demonstrate outside City Hall in protest at the city council’s decision to ban Norwich Reformed Church from using a charity market stall on Hay Hill.
 
We Are Norwich plan to stage a counter protest on the same day, gathering in Chapelfield Gardens and marching to City Hall. Both groups also plan to make public speeches.
 
The council, which is maintaining a neutral position in the build-up to the event, is taking responsibility for temporary road closures and will be ensuring the city is cleaned up and prepared in advance of Remembrance Sunday.
 
Norfolk police has no powers to ban these protests because they are legal as long as they are peaceful. As a council representing the city, we will be encouraging people to go about their normal business and not allow the protests to affect them or undermine Norwich’s reputation as a harmonious, peaceful city.
 
The city council will liaise with key partners involved on the day to facilitate a peaceful protest.
 
There will be some temporary road closures in place on the day to allow the demonstrations to pass through the city. Click below for a map of road closures and parking restrictons (please note – these may be subject to change). Any diversions will be clearly signposted.
 
All city centre car parks will be open as usual, although there will be minor disruption to two of them - Chantry and The Forum - due to the protests.
 
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Notice of S16A Order in respect of road closures for EDL and We Are Norwich marches on Saturday 10 November (13 Kb pdf)
 

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