Wrap up Parliament protest

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2015
Reference: 
2015/0495
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

I understand the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament submitted an application to use Parliament Square for their 24 January 2015 'Wrap up Trident' protest on 24 October 2014, which had agreement from Westminster City Council, the Metropolitan Police and Transport for London. I understand subsequent communications with the GLA did not indicate that there would be a problem in using Parliament Square in principle. However, on 5 January 2015 the GLA refused permission to use Parliament Square. I understand the GLA's justification for withdrawing permission for CND to use Parliament Square referenced another group's actions. I also understand the GLA did not attend a meeting arranged by the Metropolitan Police involving representatives from TfL, CND and Westminster City Council to resolve the problem of using Parliament Square. Please explain why the GLA took such an unhelpful approach to the 24 January 'Wrap up Trident' protest organised by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament?

Answer

Answer for Wrap up Parliament protest

Answer for Wrap up Parliament protest

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament submitted an application on 24 October 2014 for an activity on Parliament Square taking place on 24 January 2015.

The GLA did not grant permission for the following reasons.

On their application CND requested a stage on Parliament Square which exceeded the weight loading restrictions. The expected numbers indicated on the application also exceeded the safe standing capacity of the Square. In addition, we were aware of advertising for an unauthorised activity by Occupy London on the same date, time and place as the CND proposal, and for reasons of public safety, we could not knowingly permit over-capacity on Parliament Square.

Trafalgar Square was offered as an alternate venue but CND declined this option.

As the CND application had been declined, it was unnecessary for the GLA to attend the meeting arranged by the MPS, involving representatives from TfL. Any agreements from Westminster City Council, the MPS and TfL were in relation to the use of the roads and areas under their control.