Tonight, 3 August, some of the barriers introduced to help social distancing on St Peter’s Avenue will be removed to allow for additional safe on-street parking and to support local businesses.
The barriers will be removed from two areas:
- From the parking bays at the top of St Peter’s Avenue near the High Street
- From the parking bays between Albert Road and Cambridge Street.
This will reinstate the 30 minutes’ free parking in those existing bays. One-hour free parking is still available in St Peter’s Avenue car park, as well as in Wardall Street and High Street car parks.
Additionally, the barriers on St Peter’s Avenue between Bentley St and High Street will be removed, but the one-way traffic flow will be retained.
On Market Street, between Mill Place and Dolphin Street, the barriers will be altered slightly to allow the 30 minute limited wating bays opposite Ernie Beckett’s to be reopened whilst maintaining traffic through the area.
Cllr Stewart Swinburn, Cabinet member for highways explained: “We have said all along that we would continue to take traders’ comments into account in our regular reviews of the parking and social distancing measures in place in the resort. By removing these barriers, we’re providing increased short-stay parking in the area, both to help the shops at the ends of the Avenue with passing trade, and also particularly to help our residents who may find it difficult to walk very far.”
Contractors will start the work around 8pm tonight, and the works will take up to four hours.
Access to all side streets will be maintained at all times, but there may be short periods of inconvenience to traffic while the barrier is being removed. This will be managed locally by the contractors on site.