Troon Tory conference disruption
Published 23 Mar 2012 09:30 0 Comments
TRAFFIC in Troon is being disrupted today as the Scottish Tory Party Conference arrives in the town.
Taking place at Troon Concert and Walker Halls, on South Beach, today and tomorrow Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24, with numerous road closures taking place to 'ensure the security of the venue.'
South Beach will be closed between its junctions with Academy Street and St Meddans Street. This means that the public car park adjacent to the public toilets on Troon Esplanade will be closed. Also Academy Street will be closed between Ayr Street and the access road leading to Marine View Court.
Those road closures were implemented on Wednesday night, March 21, with a diversionary route via St Meddans Street, Church Street and Academy Street.
In addition to those closures on Saturday, March 24, the Scottish Trade Union Congress are holding a march and rally starting at 12.30pm on Troon Esplanade near to Victoria Drive. The route of the march is St Meddans Street, Church Street, Academy Street, Ayr Street, West Portland Street, Portland Terrace and a short rally to be held in the public car park at Portland Terrace/Titchfield Road.
Inspector Ian Morrow, in charge of the local community policing team, said "To ensure the security of the venue and the delegates attending we will have to close a couple of roads.
"I have visited all business premises on the route of the march and there appears to be concerns amongst some shop workers that there may be trouble as a result of the march. I can reassure local people that there is no intelligence regarding any potential disturbances nor has there been any issues with any previous marches organised by the Scottish Trade Union Congress.
"Locals residents will see a large increase in police officers in and around Troon however they should not be alarmed by this. This is a major event in the Strathclyde Police forces calendar and will be policed as such."
This article appeared in Troon Times 23 Mar 12