Police have today agreed the route of the English Defence
League (EDL) protest on 11 December 2010 in
The decision was made in consultation with Peterborough City
Council, local community representatives, local business
representatives and follows negotiations with the EDL.
The EDL march will start at 1pm on London Road, close to
Peterborough United Football Club and proceed over Town Bridge,
past Bridge Street Police Station and then congregate on Lower
Bridge Street, opposite Peterborough Magistrates’ Court.
Temporary road closures will be applied for on London Road and Town
Bridge while the protest takes place.
Cambridgeshire Constabulary's superintendent Paul Fullwood, said:
“We have worked hard to ensure we identified a location which would
balance the concerns of local people and businesses in
Peterborough, while responding to the EDL’s requests.
“We decided on this location because it provided a central location
for the EDL 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 but hope
to be able to provide some indication as negotiations between the
police and EDL continue. As and when we have further information we
will share this with the public through our various established
links with the community.
“As public authorities, the Constabulary and Peterborough City
Council have a duty to support and facilitate people’s right to
peaceful protest, whilst balancing this with the rights of those
who want to go about their business.
“Key to that process is ensuring we deal with any concerns people
may have. “
A multi-agency community group, involving police and the city
council, has been set up to ensure the community are kept updated
on information about the process and deal with any community
concerns. Members of the public with questions can email the group
at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive feedback and further
Paul Phillipson, the city council's executive director of
operations, said: “The city council is working closely with the
police to keep disruption to a minimum on the day. We are talking
to schools, businesses, youth and other community groups to help us
understand and address their concerns. Peterborough is a city with
a long history of integration and cohesion and we are supporting
the faith groups in the city to run a number of events to celebrate
this diversity and cohesion. “