“It’s important that we do everything we can to help kick start the local economy and to welcome visitors back to our unique town with many independent shops.”
As lockdown eases, people and businesses are being given a bit more space:
In Exeter, roads are being made safer for pedestrians and cyclists:
And in Sidmouth, the town centre is being partially pedestrianised:
Part of Sidmouth town centre could see cars banned during the day
Pedestrianisation plans for parts of Sidmouth town centre have been proposed in a bid to help safely kick-start the local economy.
Sidmouth Town Council is hoping to see Old Fore Street, New Street, Market Place and Church Street become traffic free between 11am and 5pm every day. It is one of a number of measures being introduced in the town to improve the safety of visitors and locals when non-essential retail shops re-open on Monday, June 15.
Some parking spaces on streets will also be removed, while the Esplanade east of the Ham Lane junction will be closed to all motorised vehicles, except for delivery vehicles and coaches for turning. It is part of a raft of measures the Town Council along with the County Council are putting in place and councillor Hughes said: “It’s important that we do everything we can to help kick start the local economy and to welcome visitors back to our unique town with many independent shops.”
The County Councillor has been out on the pavements:
Social distancing signs stencilled in Sidmouth
To help people in Sidmouth comply with social distancing, signs have been stencilled around the town centre.
COVID-19 advisory 2m distance stencilled signage all around the town centre, the Esplanade, Three Cornered Plot Bus Interchange and Near Radway Cinema, were put in place on Monday night by Sidmouth County Councillor and Cabinet member for Highway Management Stuart Hughes, and Sidmouth Town Council contractor Ben Cruickshank.