Saturday, 15 October 2011

Hardest Hit Demo - Bristol Saturday 22nd October

22nd October 2011
March starts at College Green (Circular route) at 12pm
Rally starts at College Green at 1pm



Anti-Cuts Alliance:

From the website:

Disabled people in the South West, along with their families and friends, are taking to the streets in Bristol to protest against Government cuts to disability benefits and services. Join us and help to make sure all our voices are heard.

The march will leave College Green at 12pm, although we expect people will begin to assemble from 11.30am. The march will return to College Green where a rally will start at 1.15pm. We plan to have a range of speakers who will keep us informed and entertained. Our rally compare Andy Rickell is Chief Executive of the Vassal Centre Trust. He will be joined on stage by MP for Bristol East Kerry McCarthy and Roger Berry the former MP for Kingswood who will share their views on the proposed changes. We will also be joined by a number of disabled people from across the South West who can speak from their own experiences about what the proposed cuts to benefits and services will mean to them as disabled people trying to live independent and fulfilling lives.

Please note that, whilst we have endeavoured to make the march route as accessible as we can, the centre of Bristol has a number of hills and some cobbled streets, which we are not able to avoid. People who don’t feel able to join the march are welcome to stay in the College Green area whilst the march is taking place.

General information about College Green can be found here

Information on blue badge parking is here which includes a searchable car park finder. A public transport map of Bristol can be downloaded – the buses shown linking Temple Meads train station and Park Street are the 20 and 904 click here.

There is also a free bus which runs from Station Approach – directly in front of Temple Meads train station. The nearest stop for College Green is on Colston Avenue, near the Jobcentre which is about 300m away but they tell us they may be able to drop people by Sainsbury’s, which is a bit closer. The service starts at 10am and runs till 6am. Buses leave Temple Meads on the hour and half hour. Buses back to Temple Meads leave Colston Avenue at 15 and 45 minutes past each hour. We hope to have volunteers at the station who will be able to meet people outside the station and assist people to the bus.

In addition to the free bus Unite are providing a mini bus to run people from Temple Meads to College Green and back again. The mini bus will be leaving Temple Meads around 11.30am. If you would like to use this service you need to email, telling us the time your train gets in and your mobile number (if you have one)

Details of coach pick up points can be found at the bottom of the page.

As new speakers and contributors are confirmed we will be adding them to this page, so do keep an eye out for any changes. Please also help us spread the word about Hardest Hit. Bristol is one of many cities across the South West that have been severely affected by budget cuts. Across the region people are seeing deep cuts in services such as social care and transport, which they rely on to remain independent. Please come along, and bring as many friends and family as you can. Help us to send a clear message to the Government: stop these cuts.

To register your interest in the march and rally or to volunteer to join our team of stewards please email: or call 020 8522 7433

We would like to say a big thank you to BES Systems for their support. They stepped in when we were struggling to find affordable staging, providing us with far more kit than we could ever have afforded.

Coach information
A coach will travel from Torquay toBristol, picking up en route as follows:-

Lymington Road, Torquay 8am
Exeterservices 8.45am
Honiton Motel 9.15am
Junction 25/M5 10am

Seats on the coach must be booked in advance and will be sold on a first come first served basis. To book a coach seat either email or call Jo on 01404 881109. Seats cost £10.50 per person, payable on the day.

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