Closing Parliament Square (2)

MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


When was the decision taken to close the whole of Parliament Square in advance of the protest that took place on 21 November 2014?


Answer for Closing Parliament Square (2)

Answer for Closing Parliament Square (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The central grass area of the Square was originally closed off to the public for ground maintenance works in October along with a further area to facilitate preparatory ground works for the new statue of Gandhi.

This closure was initially indicated by low level rope and posts supported by signage. Unfortunately, a number of people chose to ignore the closure and attempted to occupy the grass, which is contrary to the legislation that applies to the Square.   Due to repeated attempts by some people to occupy the Square and a monument, the low level rope and post was replaced on 21st October by higher level fencing. The configuration of the fencing and its extent has been varied to protect the heritage but allow public access whenever possible. The decision to close most of the Square but leaving the footways open to enable access was taken on 20th November.