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Whitchurch's measures to aid with social distancing removed after review

By Charlotte Bentley | Whitchurch | Coronavirus | Published:

Social distancing measures in Whitchurch are set to be removed after a review into safety.

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Shropshire Council and Whitchurch Town Council have reviewed the social distancing measures put in place in the town and have decided to remove them today after they found that people could safely visit the town without them.

In mid-June, the High Street, including Green End, was closed to traffic to provide additional space for pedestrians with additional disabled parking bay allocated in Pepper Street car park and provision made for deliveries at Castle Hill car park. These measures aimed to encourage people to return to the town centre, social distancing in line with government guidance.

Monitoring of these measures and current town centre usage by Shropshire Council’s highways and public health teams, and the town council, has found that social distancing is possible without the need to close the road.

Steve Davenport, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Monitoring of the road closure and visitor numbers, and advice from our public health colleagues, has shown that Whitchurch town centre currently has sufficient space for people to safely visit and move around the town without the needs for additional measures. This means that we can remove the road closure and signage, but we will continue to monitor the situation.

“We encourage people to visit Whitchurch and support the town and local businesses but remind them of the importance of social distancing, and the need to wear face coverings.”

The road closure and related signage will be removed, alongside the temporary loading area in Castle Hill Car Park. Blue badge parking will resume as normal.

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Nicola Young, clerk of Whitchurch Town Council, said: “Whitchurch businesses attended a council meeting in July and requested that Whitchurch Town Council work with Shropshire Council to remove the road closure.

"This work has been swift and Whitchurch Town Council are pleased that the town centre will now re-open to both pedestrians and vehicles, making accessibility easier to our local shops.

"This council is working with independent retailers on developments to raise awareness that we are open for business, including a ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign and a #ShopWhitchurch money-off booklet. Whitchurch welcomes everyone back to our town.”

Social distancing measures have been introduced in towns across Shropshire, following discussions between Shropshire Council and the town or parish council.

The measures will continued to be reviewed for each area.

Charlotte Bentley

By Charlotte Bentley
Community Reporter - @CharlotteB_Star

Community Reporter at the Shropshire Star, helping under-represented communities to find a voice in Shropshire and Mid Wales. Contact me at charlotte.bentley@shropshirestar.co.uk.

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