Stand together for Honda Swindon

26 March 2019

inSwindon BID encourage a safe and peaceful march this weekend

On Saturday 30th March, employees of Honda are expected to carry out a march through the town centre where road closures are expected for the duration to ensure public safety.

Di Powell, inSwindon BID CEO says: “The news around the Honda closure affects us all and with such a large organisation to leave Swindon, will have a major impact on the whole town. Whilst we support the rights of the Honda workers, we hope the ‘Stand together for Honda Swindon’ march will be conducted in lawful and peaceful manner.

There are high numbers of supporters anticipated for the march, with people travelling from further afield to demonstrate their support. With plans for the march to come through the town centre, inSwindon BID will be working with Swindon Borough Council and the Police to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those visiting the town.

For those heading into the town centre this weekend, please be aware that there will be road closures put in place for the duration of the march, so we ask visitors to make themselves aware of these as they plan their journeys into town. The town centre will very much be open as normal and our Street Team Ambassadors will be in regular communication with the Police, acting as a point of contact on the day should any visitors have any concerns around the march.”

The march is being arranged by Unite Union and expected to start at the county ground at 11am, head up Fleming Way, making its way to Regent Circus, down Commercial Road and ending at Faringdon Road Park for a rally at 12.30pm.

Information on full road closures is available here.

Assistant Chief Constable Gavin Williams said: “We absolutely support the right for people to protest but this must be done peacefully.

“We will not tolerate any disorderly or violent behaviour and if anyone breaks the law they will be arrested.

“Whilst there is no intelligence to suggest that this event will be anything other than peaceful, it is crucial our planning for an event of this scale takes into account the likelihood that several thousand people might attend.

“Our resourcing of this event will therefore be robust.

“We are working closely with partners, including Swindon Borough Council, to make sure appropriate resources are being put into this event.

“For operational reasons it is not appropriate to discuss exact numbers of officers involved but sufficient resources will be in place.”