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Herts County Council to replace barriers in Bishop's Stortford town centre




Work will begin on Monday evening (Oct 12) to replace temporary barriers in Bishop's Stortford town centre with planters and bollards to reinforce Covid-19 restrictions.

Since May, ad hoc measures have been in place in South Street and Potter Street, with closures of Apton Road and a one-way system in Newtown Road as part of Hertfordshire County Council's response to the pandemic to increase social distancing and enhance conditions for walking and cycling.

Jim McManus, director of public health for the authority, said: "Coronavirus has impacted almost every single part of our day-to-day lives, including shopping and visiting our town centres.

Market Square, Potter Street, South Street, Bisgop's Stortford.Gina Thomas (BID), Sgt Tre Funes-Walker, PC Steve Gent, Cllr George Cutting, Michael Smith (Jackson Square manager), James Parker (Town Council Chief Exec) and others walk through the road closuresin the town to enable social distancing as businesses start to open. .Pic Vikki Lince. (42644571)
Market Square, Potter Street, South Street, Bisgop's Stortford.Gina Thomas (BID), Sgt Tre Funes-Walker, PC Steve Gent, Cllr George Cutting, Michael Smith (Jackson Square manager), James Parker (Town Council Chief Exec) and others walk through the road closuresin the town to enable social distancing as businesses start to open. .Pic Vikki Lince. (42644571)

"In May we put in place a series of measures so that people using the town could do so safely. We did what we thought was right at the time, but unfortunately there is no template for how to socially distance a town centre."

The council says that following feedback and a successful bid to the Government's Emergency Active Travel Fund, it will be replacing orange plastic barriers with permanent planters.

South Street and Potter Street will remain closed to through traffic but access will be maintained for blue badge holders, deliveries to shops and restaurants and to Church Street and High Street for residents and visitors.



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