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Details of Gleneagles G8 march
Police in Auchterder
Police have asked protesters to respect residents of Auchterarder
Perth and Kinross Council and Tayside Police have released details of a protest march to be held in the vicinity of Gleneagles Hotel at the start of the G8 summit on Wednesday.

Police have said they want to enable participants to arrive in the village of Auchterarder, demonstrate, then depart in safety with the minimum of disruption to local residents.

The march details are:

  • Assemble at 1200 BST on Western Road in Auchterarder

  • Proceed at 1300 BST along Orchil Road to its junction with Easthill Road

  • The march will carry on into Easthill Road, returning via Tullibardine Road

  • Participants are to disperse by 1700 BST

  • Anyone intending to travel to the march by car is asked to turn off the A9 at Aberuthven and follow police directions

  • Limited car parking will be available and shuttle buses will run continuously from the parking area to the march assembly point

  • At the end of the march the shuttle buses will return participants to the parking area.

Marchers have been encouraged to make use of coaches arranged by the organisers because of the limited parking.

Information on coaches can be found at www.g8alternatives.org.uk.

Perth & Kinross Council also advised local residents of changes to local bus services on Wednesday.

Docherty's Midland Coaches Service 19 will only operate between Auchterarder and Perth, with buses departing Auchterarder from The Community School of Auchterarder
Docherty's Midland Coaches will operate a special bus service between Blackford and Auchterarder, timetable details on 0845 301 1130
Docherty's Midland Coaches Service 20, Dunning - Auchterarder - Stirling, will not operate
The Orchil Road Community Shuttle Bus will not operate
First Service 19 Stirling - Auchterarder - Perth and Stagecoach Perth Service 17 Perth - Dunning - Auchterarder will operate, although may be subject to delay

The council's executive director of planning Jim Irons said: "We would encourage everybody who intends to join the march on Wednesday to follow the agreed route, adhere to the parking arrangements, make use of the coaches provided by the organisers where possible and listen to the advice of stewards and Tayside Police.

"We would also advise anyone taking part in the march to come prepared for the weather with appropriate clothing, sun screen and plenty of water."

Chief Superintendent Matt Hamilton said: "Tayside Police is fully prepared to handle the march in a sensitive and proportionate manner to ensure that the needs of all concerned are met.

"We will have contingencies for additional people arriving for the march.

"However, we would expect that organisers and participants respect the rights of the village and its residents at all times as, unlike major towns and cities, Auchterarder is not equipped to cope with a huge influx of people."

If local residents have any queries, they can contact the council's G8 information hotline on 0845 301 1170.

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