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.