Slightly amended route for March for England on Sunday
25 April 2014
The route for the March for England planned for this Sunday in
Brighton will have to be slightly amended after a part of the route
has become unsafe.
The A259 eastbound at the junction with West Street was closed
around 8am on Friday (April 25) due to the collapse of a roof of
the Fortune of War pub in the King's Road arches. The collapse has
lead to a weakness in the eastbound carriageway. Workman discovered
the fault and the road was closed while structural engineers
assessed the situation.
Structural engineers have now assessed the road and the
eastbound carriageway will remain closed for the next few
The march was due to start at the junction of West Street and
the A259, where the fault the road has been found. The march will
now start at the A259 junction with Middle Street.
There have been no changes to any of the conditions placed on
those wishing to assemble to protest against the march. However,
there have been slight variations made to the notices issued for
assembly of the march and the conditions on it.
The section 14 notice for the assembly for the March for England
and states: 'The March for England and those associated will
assemble on the eastbound carriageway of the A259, Kings Road
between the west most edge of the junction of the A259, Kings Road
and Middle Street, and the west most edge of the A259, Kings Road
and Ship St. The assembly will be confined to the road between the
kerb lines to the north and centre line of the carriageway.
The march itself will follow the same route with the slightly
amended starting point. The conditions issued under section 12 of
the act state: 'Using only the eastbound carriageway of the A259,
Kings Road the procession will move eastbound along the A259 Kings
Road. The procession will move no further east than the
junction of Pool Valley and the A259, Kings Road. The procession
will then return by the same route.'
The section 14 notice for those wishing to protest against the
march remains the same and states: 'Those wishing to assemble in
order to protest against the March for England shall only do at the
promenade to the south of the A259, Kings Road, between the
pedestrian crossing at the eastern side of the junction of the
A259, Kings Road and Black Lion Street to the pedestrian crossing
at the western side of the junction of the A259, Kings Road and
Superintendent Steve Whitton said: "We have been working with
the council and their engineers to assess the structure of the road
and have decided to move the start of the march further eastwards
on the A259.
"The march will now start at the A259 junction with Middle
Street. They will then march east to the junction of Pool Valley
and back again. It will still start no earlier than 12.30pm and
finish no later than 1.30pm.
"Our focus is, as always, keeping people safe and we have worked
with the council to make sure people taking part in both the march
and the counter protest, as well as visitors to the city, are kept
safe. For this reason the eastbound carriageway will be completely
closed at West Street.
"It is really important people understand that the carriageway is
closed for safety reasons and they should not enter the area which
is cordoned off under any circumstances.
"Please talk to our officers, who will be very visible in the
city, if you have any concerns."
Executive Director Geoff Raw from Brighton and Hove City Council
said; "Structural engineers will be working over the weekend to
assess the extent of the problem and which seems to have been
caused by historic alterations to premises in the arches. We're
working as swiftly as possible with the police and key partners to
ensure public safety and to keep the traffic moving as smoothly as
possible. A contra flow system is now in place between Middle
Street and West Street, please allow extra time for journeys
through this area and check the council website for updates."
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