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Marches and parades

Published: 4 Oct 2016 10:00
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Law and order

Independent report finds events in Scotland to be well-organised and professionally managed.

A number of recommendations on traffic, community engagement and stewarding in the running of parades, marches and demonstrations have been published today.

Covering actions for Police Scotland, local authorities and event organisers, the report was prepared by Dr Michael Rosie, a former member of the independent Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism in Scotland.

Dr Rosie was asked by the Scottish Government to assess current processes and procedures for running marches, parades and static demonstrations and to highlight any improvements that could be made around the country.

Minister for Community Safety Annabelle Ewing said:

"I am very pleased to note Dr Rosie's conclusion that Scotland's marches and parades are, for the most part, well-organised and managed in a professional fashion.

"A number of areas where better dialogue and increased clarity, consistency, transparency and engagement could be highly beneficial to their smooth-running have been identified and where recommendations have been made, we would urge organisers, local authorities and Police Scotland to take these into consideration.

"The Scottish Government is ready to engage will all parties on the way forward to ensure the marches and parades process continues to be a positive experience for those involved."

Dr Rosie added:

"I was very pleased to be invited by the Scottish Government to conduct an independent study into current processes and procedures for arranging and running marches, parades and static demonstrations and the perspectives of those who need to authorise and police such events.

"The vast majority of Scotland's marches and parades are well-organised, carefully planned, and well-stewarded. Overwhelmingly these are appropriately and sensitively facilitated and supervised by local councils and by Police Scotland.

"There is, though, no room for complacency and I hope my recommendations are taken on board by all relevant parties."

Notes to editors

The report can be found here.

The Final Report of The Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism in Scotland can be found here.