In response to concerns about the increased volume of vehicles accessing the pedestrian area in Grimsby town centre when bollards are dropped, plans are being put in place for the bollards to be permanently operational and raised.
Changes will take effect from Monday 12 April, with traffic marshalls in place each day between 8am and 9pm, to restrict vehicles entering the pedestrianised zone and allowing only permitted use of the area for businesses.
The bollard supplier will be attending site on Friday 16 April to programme the bollards to be raised 24 hours a day.
The move aims to address a number of road safety concerns highlighted in this area by local businesses, residents, Humberside Police and highway officials, and also support the next stage of the easing of lockdown by creating more pavement space to support social distancing and outdoor seating arrangements.
Officers have engaged with businesses in the area and re-assured all those affected that continuity of commercial activity will be unaffected with these changes.
North East Lincolnshire Council and ENGIE are also continuing to monitor vehicles parking on a section of Osborne Street at the East St Mary’s Gate junction, following the introduction of bollards in March, and are working with Humberside Police for a longer term solution.
The council and ENGIE will continue to monitor the situation on Victoria Street and Osborne Street and are committed to working with all affected businesses.