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£87,090 fund for district to “re-open high streets safely”

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£87,090 fund for district to “re-open high streets safely”

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Councils state that they are working together to help High Streets bounce back now that shops and businesses have started to re-open again after being shut for months due to the coronavirus situation.

Councils state that they are working together to help High Streets bounce back now that shops and businesses have started to re-open again after being shut for months due to the coronavirus situation.

Staffordshire County Council has said that their highways team is working with the county’s borough and district authorities to prepare shopping streets and town centre areas for social distancing and hygiene requirements for when customers return, as well as promoting walking and cycling routes.

Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Transport and Highways, said: “Borough and district councils have been allocated money to support town centres emerging from lockdown and we are working with them to help where we can.

For example, there is the possibility to close car parking bays to widen pavements to allow pedestrian segregation while people are passing each other or queuing for shops.

And we’re considering with local councils where signs are needed to create one-way pedestrian streets and remind people about social distancing and hygiene.”

Cllr Fisher said: “We’re also looking at how we can prioritise walking and cycling routes into town centres in line with our existing development plans to promote environmentally-friendly alternatives to travelling by car.”

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) has been allocated £87,090 from the Government’s Re-opening High Streets Safely Fund for it’s High Streets – which also includes Cheadle.

Councillor Sybil Ralphs, Leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, said on Monday (June 15): “As the Covid-19 restrictions gradually ease and more and more shops, businesses and amenities make plans to re-open, this funding is to help us put in place measures to reassure people that they can return to work and do their shopping safely.

This could include introducing measures such as new signs, street markings, widening pavements, one-way pedestrian systems and cycle lanes.

We are working with the county council and a range of organisations and community groups across the Moorlands to pull together action plans for each of our town centres, including Cheadle, but it is too early to say which specific measures will be introduced at this stage.

We will, of course, make people aware of the plans as soon as we can.”

Across in Uttoxeter, signs have already been put on bollards and on the pavements in the High Street to remind people to social distance by East Staffordshire Borough Council which has been awarded £106,046 from the Government’s Re-opening High Streets Safely Fund for it’s High Streets across the borough.

To see the Government’s guidance on how the Re-opening High Streets Safely Fund should be spent by district and borough councils go online tohttps://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/888818/Reopening_High_Streets_Safely_Fund_-_Guidance_-_Final_v2.pdf.

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