A huge metal fence has been erected in Dudley city centre to keep the EDL members and the Unite Against Fascism demonstrators away from each other.
Demonstrators accuse the EDL of racism over their objections to a new mosque in Dudley.
Up to 1000 police officers are on standby to keep the two groups separate.
More than 1500 EDL members are expected in Dudley today along with protesters holding a counter-demonstration.
EDL members gathered at the Rock Zombie bar before walking to the Council House for their protest.
Massive disruption is expected in Dudley town centre today as EDL members from around the country stage a protest against plans for a new mosque.
Many traders have decided not to open their shops today.
Here is a link to the full list of affected services due to road closures and diversions during two demonstrations in the town today.
We have a proud tradition across Dudley of people of all backgrounds getting on well and expect that this will continue to be the case on the day of the protest and afterwards.
We are clear as a community and as a council that the EDL is not welcome in Dudley borough but there are no legal powers available to stop a static democratic protest.
In addition to potentially causing financial loss to local businesses, previous visits have cost the taxpayer around £1million.
He also points out that the EDL visit will have no bearing on ongoing High Court proceedings in relation to proposals for a mosque in Hall Street.
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A man has died in a crash with a police car in Dudley.
The accident happened at the junction of Central Drive, Bridge Street and Martin Close in Coseley, at around 11am yesterday.
The man, believed to be a van driver, was pronounced dead at the scene.
West Midlands Police said the officer had been driving a marked car and had been carrying out routine enquiries. He was not responding to an emergency at the time.
Central Drive was closed between Eachus Road and Sangwin Road for around five hours while emergency services attended the scene.
Police are now appealing for witnesses to the crash to come forward.
Councils in the Black Country have joined forces with West Midlands Police in an unprecedented bid to ban boy racers.
Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell councils have submitted an application to the High Court in Birmingham with support from officers in the region, in the hope of introducing a blanket ban against so-called car cruising.
Police say car cruising, when people meet up to race or show off their cars' speed or handling on the roads, has claimed at least four lives on Black Country roads in recent years, and caused many more crashes.
Regular meets, held at hotspots like the Black Country Route in Bilston, Wolverhampton, and the Birmingham New Road from Dudley to Wolverhampton, can attract hundreds of cars and even more spectators each time.