OFFICIALS have made special plans to avoid another stand-off at Huddersfield Town Hall tonight.
Politicians will meet this evening to decide Kirklees Council’s budget for next year, with £15.7m of cuts on the agenda.
The Mrs Sunderland Music Festival will also take place in the town hall tonight.
Police were called to last year’s event after private security guards prevented protesters from entering the council chamber to watch the public meeting.
Kirklees chief executive Adrian Lythgo yesterday announced special plans to allow both events to take place smoothly.
Councillors and protesters wanting to attend the budget meeting have been asked to go to the Ramsden Street entrance while musicians and spectators have been directed to the Corporation Street door at the side of the town hall.
Mr Lythgo said: “By using separate entrances we can avoid the scenes we had last year when too many people – some protesting against the resolution the council was considering – tried to use the single entrance in Corporation Street.
“Some of the performers were unsettled by this. The organisers have asked, not unreasonably, that we do all we can to ensure they are not affected by any demonstration.
“By opening up the Ramsden Street entrance for members of the public, councillors, media and council officers, we can avoid that happening again.
“As space in the town hall is limited, we will stop allowing people in once the space to view the council meeting is full. People will be given a ticket, and the space available will be given on a first-come-first-served basis.