In recognition of the fact that people with disabilities have been hit hardest by the coalition government’s unprecedented attack on the welfare system, the Scrap Trident coalition have been working hard to ensure that the Scrap Trident weekend of protest and action is accessible as possible.
The Scrap Trident demo map (below) has been produced to show not only the route of Saturday’s march but also the location of disabled parking, venues with disabled toilets and public transport access around George Square (right click to save as a high definition image).
The route we have chosen through the city centre is on flat, even surfaces suitable for wheelchair users.
We are making special arrangements for people who:
• wish to join the march at the main assembly point
• wish to join the last part of the march for a shorter route to the rally
• wish to just attend the rally
Those who wish to join the march in George Square and complete the whole route as part of the Defend Disability Rights Bloc should assemble next to the Scrap Trident – Defend Disability Rights banner (below), which will be prominently displayed in George Square. This assembly point will be stewarded by stewards who have been briefed on disability issues. There are accessible toilets within a reasonable distance of this assembly point.
We recognise that many disabled people will want to join their union or other groups in the rest of the march instead, and joining this Bloc is a matter of personal choice for disabled and non-disabled marchers.
For those who wish to join the march for a shorter distance there is a short march assembly point in Royal Exchange Square, on the wide concourse outside the Gallery of Modern Art (see map above and picture below). There are accessible toilets within the Gallery of Modern Art. This point will be stewarded and will allow people to join the march for the final stretch into George Square. Those wishing to do so should make their way to the short march assembly point once the main demonstration has moved off from George Square. There is a dropped kerb outside the Gallery of Modern Art which will allow wheelchair users to join the march from this point as it turns along Ingram Street. Of course, people can join or leave the march at any point along the route.
For those who just wish to attend the rally, you can arrive in George Square at any time between 11.00am and 11.45am. To make access to the rally easier, there will be a specially cordoned and stewarded area situated at the front and centre of the rally platform. This area will be stewarded by stewards who have been briefed on disability issues. This area will have water supplies for disabled marchers and for guide dogs. There will be a signer for the deaf on the rally platform.
We are advising people to use the disabled toilets at:
The Gallery of Modern Art (see map). Click ‘here’ for a comprehensive disabled access guide to GOMA facilities.
Glasgow Queen Street Station (see map). Click ‘here’ for a comprehensive disabled access guide to Queen Street Station facilities
Glasgow Central Station (see map). Click ‘here’ for a comprehensive disabled access guide to Central Station facilities
All of these venues have hearing assistance systems in place and staff trained to use them. Staff receive disability awareness/equality training. All these venues have permanent ramp access, automatic doors and bright lighting levels.
Glasgow City Council also has Public Toilets with disabled access in St Vincent Street at 43 St Vincent Place. These toilets are open 24 hours Mon-Sun. A 20p charge will apply for using these facilities.
Sunday Non Violent Direct Action Training
This is being held in the Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, Glasgow, G41 1BA.
This building has disabled access and disabled toilets.
How to get there by public transport:
Underground – KPC is most easily reached by underground, being located across the road from the Kinning Park underground station.
Bus – KPC is on Cornwall Street, just off Paisley Road West which is a main bus route. Please check bus company timetables for details. Buses along Paisley Road West include:
Arriva – 36, 36E, 38, 38E
McGills – 38
First – 9, N9, 54, 54c, 56, 56a, 90, 121, 153
Monday Blockade at Faslane
Disabled activists who wish to join the blockade should download the briefing pack and register ‘here’. If you need assistance at the blockade, let us know and we can put you in touch with someone who has signed up to our ‘Buddies for Rallies’ programme.
Buddies for Rallies
The Scrap Trident coalition wish to make the weekend of protest and action as accessible as possible. Some disabled activists may require assistance to attend some of the events, e.g. the Blockade. If you are available to give assistance to a disabled activist, please register your interest as a ‘Buddy’ by contacting us at 0131 229 0993.