Avoiding Sheffield city centre at all costs - or ready to protest?

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A sunny Friday, loads of police and plenty of barricades but hardly a Sheffielder in sight.

As the city braces itself for the arrival of 10,000 protesters what are you going to do?

So far it seems most Sheffielders are keeping well clear of the city centre with Fargate much quieter than usual and no queues at all in the shops.

There is absolutely no chance of nipping into the city hall, you’ll have to pass at least 20 police officers to get into the town hall - but you’ll pick up a sandwich in Marks and Spencers without having to wait.

And if you want to know when and where to avoid, here’s the timetable for the Liberal Democrats Spring Conference at the City Hall:


3pm til 5.30pm Consultative Sessions


9am til 12.40pm Party Business inc Policy Motions then Question and Answer Session.

2.20pm til 5.30pm Policy and Business Motions inc Question and Answer Session with Nick Clegg at 3.35pm.


9am til 1pm Party Business inc Policy Motions and Speech.

There are also fringe events each evening at various venues close to the City Hall.

Keep visiting thestar.co.uk throughout the weekend for the very latest developments in Sheffield city centre.