Conservative Group Leader on Brighton & Hove City Council –Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald – is calling for a wide-ranging review into the policing of protests and marches in the city following Sunday’s March for England which had a negative impact on local businesses.
In a Notice of Motion submitted to the Full Council meeting on 9th May, Conservatives call on the Council’s Chief Executive to set up a review involving the new Chief Superintendent for Brighton & Hove, the new Police & Crime Commissioner and other key partners such as business representatives. In particular, the review will call for consideration of alternative locations to be used for protests, away from the tourist hotspots of the seafront The Lanes and North Laine..
Cllr. Theobald said: “Of course we fully respect the right of individuals and groups to protest and march in the city but this has to be weighed up against the impact it has on the livelihoods of our local traders”. “Sunday was one of the warmest and sunniest days of the year so far and should have been a bumper day for shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Instead any visitors to the seafront would have been greeted by ugly scenes of hatred, violence and hundreds of police officers in riot gear. I am hugely concerned about the damage that this sort of thing does to our reputation as a vibrant tourist destination and we are calling on the main players to sit down and talk about how this can be avoided in the future.”
The call for a review is also being supported by local Conservative MPs – Mike Weatherley and Simon Kirby.
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