As you may already know, Sheffield is hosting the UK Presidency G8 Justice & Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting from 15-17th June. Consequently, the Council and South Yorkshire Police have agreed some road closures to accommodate security needs for the meeting. These closures will mean no access for vehicles. These are:
2) The Winter Garden and Millennium Galleries will host a formal welcome reception on the evening of Wednesday 15th June. Several roads around the venue will be closed; Surrey Street from its junction with Norfolk Street down to Arundel Gate will close from 12 noon (pedestrian access will also be limited), Norfolk Street will close from 4.00pm (this will not affect the rear entrance to the Town Hall, but you may want to use the front entrance instead), and Arundel Gate
from 6.00pm. Central Library will close at 4.00pm, and access to the library will be just from the Children's Library entrance on Arundel Gate from 12 noon. The Graves Art Gallery will close earlier than normal. The Winter Garden and Millennium Galleries will be closed all day on the 15th June.
3) The Cutlers' Hall will host a Gala Dinner on the evening of Thursday 16th June. Again several roads around the venue will close from 6.00pm onwards including Church Street, High Street, Fargate, York Street and several side roads. Supertram will terminate at Castle Square and Hanover Way for both inward and outbound journeys from 6.00pm on the 16th.
Other than these limited local restrictions on the particular dates the remainder of the City Centre will operate as normal. Council services provided from the Town Hall, Howden House, Derwent House, Redvers House and other central locations should be unaffected and will operate in the usual way.
If you work or have meetings in the city centre on these days, you may want to plan your journey home from work on the 15th and 16th June so that you set off before 6.00pm, before most of the road closures become effective.
I am sure you will agree that for an event of this type and scale the level of disruption to the city is relatively minimal and certainly manageable. The event presents another wonderful chance for us to showcase Sheffield nationally and internationally, with around 150 of the world's media and over 200 delegates and officials from the G8 countries in the city for three days. This meeting will bring both economic benefit to the city and a boost to Sheffield's profile.
If you have any queries about these arrangements or the event itself please contact Mick Crofts at michael.crofts at sheffield.gov.uk or 2734022, or Natasha Wagstaff at natasha.wagstaff at sheffield.gov.uk or 2039079.
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