Traffic alert: Anti-Trump protests set to cause Nottingham rush-hour chaos
Commuters are being warned that protesters are due to March along Mansfield Road into the city centre this evening (Monday 20 February).
It is part of a national protest against a planned state visit by US President Donald Trump, organised in Nottingham by Nottingham People’s Assembly.
The march will start at 5.30pm at the Forest Recreation Ground, heading up Mansfield Road, along Milton Street and Upper Parliament Street to end at Speakers Corner in the Market Square.
The organisers were asked by the City Council to look at alternative times but declined due to it being part of a national co-ordinated action. The organisers are responsible for safety and management of the march. The council has no powers to stop people exercising their democratic right to protest and advises people to set off earlier than normal or avoid the area if possible. The council will post social media messages to alert people, monitor things from the traffic control centre and liaise with the police to facilitate the event as best as possible.
City Council leader councillor Jon Collins said: “While I might support the sentiment, it is disappointing that the organisers of the protest insisted on a route and a time causing disruption and delay to members of the public.
“I’m sure a less disruptive option would have been possible and that would have encouraged greater support for the point the protest organisers want to make.”