Warnings of disruption issued as thousands to take part in Orange walk

An estimated 8000 people are expected to take part in the processions through North Lanarkshire.

Warnings of  disruption as 8,000 to take part in Orange walk in North Lanarkshire iStock

Warnings of disruption have been issued with thousands of marchers set to take part in Orange Lodge processions through North Lanarkshire on Saturday.

Nearly 8,000 people are expected to take part in the Holytown marches which will see members of local groups parade through the streets from 10am to 3pm.

North Lanarkshire Council have revealed that police will be enforcing a number of road closures, with diversions in place elsewhere and delays expected.

The local authority also warned some local residents and businesses will not have access to their driveways for over an hour on Saturday, with further delays expected.

A council spokesperson said: “A public parade involving an estimated 8,000 people will take place in Holytown on July 9. As a result there will be a number road closures and parking restrictions in place, managed by Police Scotland.

“From 10.00am to approximately 3.00pm, the A723 Carfin/Holytown Link Road between Loanhead Road and Torrance Park will be closed for coach parking. A signed diversion will be in place via Newhouse, Newarthill and Carfin so roads in these areas are likely to be busier than normal and delays are expected.

“Between 8.00am and 6.00pm, there will be no waiting or loading restrictions in place on both sides of Dornoch Road, between Myrtle Drive and Sunnyside Crescent, and High Street, Newarthill, between Caledonia Drive and Mosshall Street. A public meeting will be held in Windsor Park on Dornoch Road at 11.45am before the parade starts at 1.00pm.

“It will follow a route from Dornoch Road, along Sunnyside Crescent, St Andrews Street, Main Street (A775), Stevenston Street (B799), Clydesdale Street, Carfin Street (B7029) and Carfin/Holytown Link Road (A723) to the junction with Loanhead Road.

“The parade will then split, with a number turning left onto Loanhead Road then Quarry Street and the majority continuing on the A723 and along Jerviston Street, New Stevenston towards Torrance Park.

“These roads will be closed while the parade passes, managed by officers from Police Scotland. It is anticipated the parade route will take around 1hr 20mins to reach Torrance Park, and the same length of time to pass any given point along the route.

“Therefore, residents and businesses are advised that access from junctions and driveways onto the parade route will not be possible for between 60 and 80 minutes as the parade passes.”

It comes after officers made several arrests and issued 12 fixed penalty notices for alleged breach of the peace and anti-social behaviour as thousands of people marched in the city on Saturday, June 2.

The force thanked the majority of the crowds for “behaving responsibly” and added that the policing was appropriate for the event.

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