Protest March Over Newcastle Council Cuts

15 February 2013, 12:57

A march and rally involving a number of groups protesting against national and local spending cuts is planned for Newcastle city centre.

In November Newcastle City Council announced cuts of £90m and more than 1,300 job losses spread over three years.

Services likely to be affected include libraries, swimming pools and children's services.

The 'Save Our Services' Group are staging a protest march against the planned cuts.

Don McDonald's a youth worker from the West End of Newcastle. He's part of the 'Save Our Services' group and has been speaking to Capital's Anna Harding



Protest Route


The protest march will start at the Centre For Life and end at the Monument - a number of roads will be closed.

You can see the full list below

newcastle cuts route


Northumbria Police have been working with the protest organisers to make sure it passes off without too much disruption. 

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Ashman said:
"We're expecting an entirely peaceful and good natured event but we are aware of the potential impact on the local business community and general public and will try to keep disruption to a minimum.

Northumbria Police has worked with all the protesting parties and we expect everyone involved to respect the rights of others on the day. It is the responsibility of the groups involved to ensure they act in a peaceful manner and we will only intervene if this is not the case."

Those taking part in the event are being asked to consider their travel plans in advance, in particular the Metro system is expected to be closed between Byker and North Shields on the day and a replacement bus service will be running.

A number of road closures will be in place around lunch time on Saturday for the event which is scheduled to start at 12pm at the Centre for Life travelling through Newcastle to finish at The Monument.

Road Closures

The following roads are expected to be closed between approximately 11.45am and 1.45pm:

Westmorland Road -  at Clayton Street West
Clayton Street West - from Westmorland Road to Westgate Road
Westgate Road - at Clayton St West
Clayton Street - from Westgate Road to Newgate Street
Newgate Street - from Clayton Street to Grainger Street
Grainger Street - from Newgate Street to Market Street
Market Street - from Grainger Street to John Dobson Street
John Dobson Street - from Market Street to St Mary's Place
St Mary's Place - from John Dobson Street to Northumberland Street
Northumberland Street - form St Mary's Place to Blackett Street 
Blackett Street - from Northumberland Street to Greys Monument

Those taking part are asked to monitor the Northumbria Police, Newcastle City Council and Nexus Twitter feeds for any updates on the day.

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