“Making most of the newly-pedestrianised areas by spreading out on to the street with clothes stalls and outdoor cafes.”
All sorts of steps have been taken to help Sidmouth open up safely.
Certainly, there has to be a sense that the town is welcoming:
And much of this can be done by making the streets feel safe:
One of the ways to do that has been to extend and widen the pavements:
Which should make the town centre a little more inviting:
The latest from the chair of the town council is to encourage café and shop owners to make use of all of these measures, as reported in the Herald:
Let’s get more atmosphere going in the town’ – Sidmouth traders urged to embrace the public spaces
Sidmouth traders are being urged to make the most of the newly-pedestrianised areas by spreading out on to the street with clothes stalls and outdoor cafes. Town council chairman Ian Barlow said a lot of work and money had gone into providing spacious public areas, for social distancing, by closing off roads between 11am and 5pm.
“We’ve got to give people a reason to come in, to feel they can come down and have a really nice experience with a great atmosphere around,” he said.
To create the new public spaces, Sidmouth Town Council had to apply to Devon County Council Highways for a temporary traffic order, obtain signage, buy bollards, and arrange for the barriers to be put in place every day at 11am…