As reported on wilmslow.co.uk last week, Cheshire East Council is introducing a range of measures in sixteen towns and larger villages across the being ahead of the re-opening of high streets.
The temporary measures, which will be in place by Monday 15th June, have been designed to protecting people and support local businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
The temporary measures to be installed in Wilmslow town centre are:
● Two signs to raise awareness of the need to social distance;
● The temporary closure of the service road at the top of Green Lane, where it is felt extra space is needed for pedestrians
● The suspension of parking spaces on Grove Avenue, from the junction with Grove Way to the junction with Grove Street, to provide extra space to help pedestrians respect social distancing rules.
The Council says the measures will be under constant review, once implemented, and may be further tailored to meet local circumstances. They are in response to the government's approach to reopen the high streets, as part of the Covid-19 recovery phase.
Councillor Laura Crane, Cheshire East cabinet member for highways, said: "As we begin to move beyond lockdown, we must consider how best to open up our high streets. Our priority here is to protect people and our local businesses.
"Alongside any measures, we will be supporting businesses with additional information and guidance, while encouraging high street users to adhere to the government's social distancing restrictions
"The government is providing funding to local authorities and has issued guidance on how we can help people maintain safe social distancing in busy public areas, which we are following.
"Some of our measures support walking and cycling in our town centres – which many people have enjoyed much more of during the lockdown – and this also is good for our environment and people's health and wellbeing. Further temporary and experimental measures are being considered to support walking and cycling and will be implemented once we have put in the arrangements for our high streets.
"Each of the 16 high streets identified in Cheshire East has been considered individually and measures tailored to local circumstances. Local ward members and town and parish councils have been asked for input into the plans and, where this has been received, we have taken close account of these suggestions.
"While these temporary arrangements may disrupt the travel patterns of some residents and visitors, they are necessary to protect everyone, especially those who will be using the shops when the government allows them to open – which at this point is intended to be 15 June.
"We are being careful to implement the government's measures alongside avoiding unnecessary disruption. The works completed by 15 June are an important first step and these measures will be closely monitored and adjusted as necessary."
The council says in the next stage, it will seek to deliver measures outside of town centres, and to improve the network for pedestrians and cyclists.