Somerset High Streets Open with changes

This morning Somerset High Streets can be open again. Not every shop will open, but there will be some changes in our market towns. All of the changes to town centres and routes in and out of them have been agreed by the various District and County Councils. Each one itemised below are designed to help people keep their distance.

Somerset West & Taunton  Taunton  Pedestrianisation of East Street   
Somerset West & Taunton  Minehead  Removal of some parking bays on The Avenue and The Parade to enable widening of footways  
Sedgemoor  Bridgwater  Eastover / East Quay / Salmon Parade  
One-way traffic movement to provide widened footpaths and facilitate safer cycling   
Sedgemoor  Bridgwater  Pedestrianisation of Cornhill to High Street  
Sedgemoor  Burnham on Sea  Pedestrianisation of High Street  
South Somerset  Yeovil  Pedestrianisation of High Street and Middle Street    
South Somerset  Chard  Pedestrianisation of Holyrood Street except for delivery vehicles    
Mendip  Frome  Frome Town Council is to provide access only to the Market Place from 22 June to enable Market Place improvement works with car parks remaining open  
Mendip  Street  Temporarily pedestrianise (with delivery vehicle access only) High Street from Leigh Road to Vestry Road(where market normally takes place).  
Mendip  Wells  No changes to highways requested – to be reviewed next week  
Mendip  Glastonbury  Temporarily pedestrianise (with delivery and bus access only) High Street, Magdalene Street and Benedict Street   
Mendip  Shepton Mallet  Shepton Mallet Town Council considering the temporary pedestrianisation (with delivery access only) of High Street from Market Cross (where the market usually takes place) to Park Road Roundabout from 18 June.  
Mendip  Wells to Glastonbury lane  Temporary closure (with residential / farm access only) of Long Drove following existing cycle route to facilitate safer cycling between the towns and support social distancing on public transport (Glastonbury – Wells bus service).        

Local government is encouraging cyclists and pedestrians as a healthy way of getting about. However drivers, many of whom will not have been in their cars for three months are asked to take care and look out for cyclists.

You are encouraged to stay safe by continuing to adhere to social distancing by keeping 2m apart and by wearing a face covering in shops and other enclosed public spaces. From today, you must also wear a face covering on public transport. 

Central government continues to advise you to avoid using public transport where possible and instead opt for walking and cycling instead. To support this, the Local Authorities of Somerset have been working with the police and other partners to identify a list of priority areas which can be quickly funded through the £120,000 Active Travel fund.

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  • Sadly all disabled parking in the main shopping areas of Yeovil have been lost, with no alternative parking provided. This awful virus has worked out perfectly for the Yeovil Vision who have been trying to rid the town of the disabled for the last few years. I wouldn’t be shopping today anyway as I am still shielding, however I’m told keeping a social distance in shops who don’t have 2metre wide aisles has been managed, apparently the great British public are unable to do this on pavements. So sad.

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