Chard goes back to normal

During June, Holyrood Street in Chard was pedestrianised. The idea was to encourage and enable social distancing to allow the reopening of high streets.

Holyrood Street was pedestrianised to support reopening of non-essential retail businesses.

After reviewing footfall and listening to feedback from both shoppers and businesses, Somerset’s Covid-19 Active Travel group has made the decision to reopen Holyrood Street from Friday 7 August. 

The public are still encouraged to stay safe by continuing to adhere to social distancing by keeping 2m apart and by wearing a face covering on public transport and in shops and other enclosed public spaces.

Somerset’s Covid-19 Active Travel group includes representatives from Somerset County Council, Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, South Somerset District Council, Avon and Somerset Police and Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP). They were given an initial £120,000 from the Department for Transport. This was to fund temporary schemes like the one in Chard.

One comment

  • Not entirely accurate. The reason it has been opened is that the funding finished. So not a positive response to the many complaints. Ridiculous scheme which caused real hardship to businesses who had served their community throughout lock down

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