Tory Party Conference Protest- hopefully final update
September 26, 2010
Sunday, October 3rd
Meeting points- various
Meet up around 11.30 am at Chamberlain Square
Main Rally starts at Lionel Street car park ( A on map)from 12 – 1 p.m. This is where the main speakers will be.
Anyone who finds this too far should go to Chamberlain Square ( B on map) from 11.30 am onwards. We will probably be leaving there to meet up with the rest of the march around 1.15 pm. People can either just go to top of Broad Street and back or join onto the end of the main march for as long as they want to then return to Chamberlain Square. ( maps of both routes attached)
As you may know West Midlands police originally agreed that the march could go down Broad Street right past the conference but then Tory controlled Birmingham City Council refused to allow this. Following a further 2 lengthy meetings with the police and Birmingham City Council last week we are, we think, we hope now in a position to give you all the final details of the forthcoming rally and march to protest against
CUTS THAT WILL KILL
We are still very unhappy with the only main rallying point other than one outside of the centre altogether, that the police and Birmingham City Council would agree to although they have also agreed to disabled people having a second rallying point as well.
The Coach drop off point will now be Constitution Hill and the rally will be held at Lionel Street car park, off Great Charlotte Street Queensway. – Time 12- 1 p.m.
The main march will then proceed down Lionel Street.
From the end of Lionel Street the march will go under an underpass ( no steeper than normal underpasses) onto Paradise Circus and then across the top of Broad Street where the Tory party conference is being held.
It will then proceed onto Suffolk Street Queensway and down a steep underpass onto Holliday Street and up Gas Street back onto Broad Street at the other end of the conference.
The march will then go onto Broad Street heading away from the conference. It is hoped that there can be a ‘closing’ street rally at this point but the police and council have not yet agreed to this.
The other groups of protestors will also be going to the Walkabout Inn on Broad Street so anyone who wants to can talk to the speakers who have come over from Greece and Portugal. This is fully accessible.
From Chamberlain Square we plan to end up in Weatherspoons in Paradise Forum which is also fully accessible.
Finally anyone travelling by coach will eventually be herded off to Five Ways to board their coaches from 15.30- 17.00 hours.
The main march route is 1.6 miles. The police and council were hoping to get the protest march around it in half an hour.(!!) but this is now timed to take from 1 pm-3pm.
Alternate more accessible route
We will meet as arranged originally in Chamberlain Square at 11.30 am onwards or for those who feel able or come by coach at Lionel Street car park rally point for 12.
The route available for those who do not want to take part in the main march will be from Chamberlain Square through Paradise Forum and onto Paradise Circus at the top of Broad Street where we can join the end of the main march for as long as wanted and then return to Chamberlain Square to take part in a die-in.
Anyone who needs to drop out along the route at any point should return to Chamberlain Square for the die-in.
The ICC where conference will be
– surrounded by steel fences and during the march Broad Street will
– have 3 sets of barriers at both ends of the part that is being used for conference, a vehicle barrier, steel plate barrier and police officer barrier. However there will still be at police discretion pedestrian access into this part of Broad Street and Centenary Square.
(Anyone would think they were scared of us )
Die-in Chamberlain Square
We would like to try to keep the die-in in Chamberlain Square going for as long as possible and think this fits in with what the police have described a static protest. It is hard to say exactly when this will finish as that to some extent will depend on timings of main march but we will aim to end it by 4 p.m. at the latest.
The march itself
It has been agreed that disabled people can lead the march and also that we will be at the end as well. Although this will split us as a group for a while leading the march should allow us to get high profile publicity for our particular grievances and being at the end means people can join the end of the march from a much shorter route directly from Chamberlain Square and that there will not be any problems if anyone needs to drop out and return to Chamberlain Square due to fatigue or limited mobility.
Update on accessible parking and loos ( maps attached)
There will be no parking available in Lionel Street car park, or Cambridge Street and Brindley Drive car parks.
No on street parking in Lionel Street.
As far as we know all other parking will be available.
There will be no access to any loos in ICC or NIA or Repertory Theatre. There is a further but small accessible loo in Starbucks on New Street, in the left corner at the back.
The main protest organisers had planned to provide a an accessible mini-bus to help to get people back from Broad Street to stations but would like to apologise as they may not now have any money to do this since Birmingham City Council keep demanding more and more money from them for things like closing off the parking bays all weekend.
What we need
15-20 people with mixed impairments to head the march- if anyone is willing to do this please let me know.
ONLY DISABLED PEOPLE AND PAs FOR THIS PLEASE
email@example.com ( underscore between Linda and Burnip)
0771 492 7533 0771 492 7533 or 01926 842253
A megaphone or portable, non-electric microphone ( ie one that doesn’t need mains electric)
If you want to please bring
A black triangle badge
Placards – saying what you want but some suggestions are
LIFE NOT DEATH
RIGHTS NOT CHARITY
HANDS OFF DISABLED PEOPLE
What we will have available
Placards ( limited quantity)
Banners ( limited quantity)
We will have these available at both Lionel Street car park and in Chamberlain Square to be collected.
I am pleased to say the Chief Inspector of West Midlands Police is very keen to make sure that we are facilitated to protest following a large number of complaints he had received from our DPOs.
Telephone numbers for the day
Eleanor – 0773 7480378
Linda – 0771 492 7533
Debbie – 07946 140765
Tina – 07814 775960
Before you leave
If you are taking part in this protest and we do not already have your contact details please leave these with us for any future events or email/ phone them to us afterwards