Jul 4 2012 by Johnathon Menzies, Stirling Observer Wednesday
STIRLING residents have been told to brace themselves for disruption during Saturday’s Orange march.
However, a spokesperson for Stirling Council and Central Scotland Police stressed the two local organisations had plans in place to minimise potential inconvenience.
As many as 10,000 marchers are expected to gather at Kings Park for 11am, prior to the procession itself getting underway at noon.
A council representative said participants will then exit on to Kings Park Road, Victoria Place and Queens Road, and then head left along Dumbarton Road.
The procession, which organisers told the Observer this week could include up to 70 flute bands, will also take in Raploch Road until the King’s Knot Roundabout, and then journey right on to Back O’Hill Road, before turning left and continuing along Raploch Road once more.
The city’s Drip Road, Lower Bridge Street, Cowane Street, Viewfield Place, Barnton Street, Murray Place, King Street, Corn Exchange Road, Albert Place, Clarendon Place and Kings Park Road are next on the list, before Orangemen finish at Kings Park by mid-afternoon.
The County Grand Lodge of Central Scotland, who applied to stage the event, has said that the principal speaker at Kings Park following the conclusion of the procession will be Pastor Ian S. D. Loughrin.
Stirling Council has said that parking in Victoria Place will be suspended on Saturday “until later in the day”. In addition, there will be no parking on Murray Place and the Thistle Marches entrance while the parade is underway – according to the local authority.
Bus services will also be affected, particularly on Barnton Street, Viewfield Place and Murray Place.
Park and Ride bus services from Springkerse and Castleview, including Historic Scotland’s shuttle to Stirling Castle, will be disrupted during the procession.
The council spokesperson said: “To minimise disruption, a number of measures have been put in place to address the issues and concerns of the police. The council’s roads traffic team has also agreed a series of rolling road closures to try to keep traffic moving around the city centre, whenever possible.
“Stirling Council is keen to gauge the impact [of the march] on local people and city centre businesses.”
Anyone looking to submit feedback on the march can email email@example.com, or telephone the council’s city centre management team on 01786 443265 during office hours.