Ware and Hertford High Street introduce pedestrian and cycle measures to support social distancing guidlines
Written by Gaby Wilde on 27th May 2020
Hertfordshire county council have decided to make temporary changes to better support social distancing guidelines in 16 towns across Hertfordshire, including both Ware and Hertford High Street.
Councillor Phil Bibby, Cabinet Member for Highways and Environment, said: “The safety and security of those who live and work in Hertfordshire is a top priority for us at Hertfordshire County Council. We are working closely with our public health partners to ensure we have the right measures in place to allow people to safely go about their business in town centres and enable them to socially distance as they do so.
“This is a rapidly moving project and we aim to be in a position to start rolling out some of the measures within the next 10 days. While this project looks at the 16 locations identified, we are aware that there will be a range of other shopping locations where business owners may need to implement social distancing measures within their premises, which could impact on footpaths, and we may need to expand to other locations.”
Together, the county council and the district and borough councils will ensure the proposals being developed are suitable and adaptable for local requirements, while providing the public health benefits needed, as these measures may be in place for some time.
Councillor Linda Haysey, Leader of East Herts Council and chair of the community reassurance cell of the Local Resilience Forum, said: “As we look to enter a new phase and get the economy moving again, we need to encourage greater footfall for our traders by creating spaces across Hertfordshire’s high streets and town centres that allow for social distancing and make residents, workers and shoppers feel safe.”
In addition, the county council is keeping a close eye on the wider road network as the use of public transport and the increase in walking and cycling may result in the need to adapt the wider network to support these sustainable modes.