Counter terror measures for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Reports have claimed that counter terrorism measures to protect the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from attacks are to be in place next month. A six month trial placement of the bollards aim to prevent vehicles being able to mount the pavement outside the world-famous theatre, following a number of terrorist attacks across Europe using vehicles as weapons. As part of plans, new bollards will be installed on the paved area at Waterside in September, while a one-way traffic system on Sheep Street and Chapel Lane will be put in place. Discussing disruption the the local market, Tony Jefferson, leader of Stratford District Council, said in August: “This is all about security measures to keep the RSC safe and it all has a knock-on impact. It is a trial and Stratforward will be consulting with businesses during that time to get their views. In reality the security threat is not going away and something needs to happen.” Stratford has already seen some security measures put in place with temporary barriers installed at special events such as the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations and the Christmas Lights Switch On.