Statement from Cllr Nigel Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council
“We always respect people’s right to peaceful protest and try to support demonstrators to do so safely.
“We were not aware of a planned protest today and we would ask the demonstrators to respect the rights of people trying to go about their day. We will work with our partners at GMP and TfGM to help minimise the impact of the protest.
“Of course, we absolutely recognise the urgency to promote debate and actively tackle the urgent issue of climate change. We have set an ambitious target if making Manchester a zero carbon city by at least 2038 – 12 years earlier than the national target.
“Our Climate Change group is also meeting to ensure environmental consideration are integral to Council processes and a range of initiatives – including major cycle schemes and projects to counteract emissions are underway. We are determined to play our part.
“Clearly we are going to see traffic disruption today as a result of the protest and we would encourage people who live, work or are visiting the city to be aware of the potential impact and check Greater Manchester Police, Transport for Greater Manchester and Manchester City Council’s social media, and local new media, for updates and advice.”