Following the publication of initial temporary plans for Cleethorpes’ high streets last week, revisions have been made to some areas to respond to concerns raised by local traders.
Cllr Stewart Swinburn, Cabinet member for highways explained: “It was always the case that we were going to take local views into account, but we had to publish the early plans in order to have the legal basis to put them in place on Sunday to help the high street reopen safely.”
As a result of discussions with local traders, around eight additional parallel parking spaces have been created in the Market Place to help the take-away and food outlets. All spaces in the Market Place will have a 30 min restriction on them to help the flow of traffic.
Other changes and clarifications include:
- Widening of the footpath on the Co-op side of St Peter’s Avenue. This will be done with barriers in the road.
- Market Street: the current taxi rank will remain in operation from 6pm to 6am. Additionally, customers who pre-order food for collection will be allowed to use the loading bay in Market Street.
“Coming out of the lock-down situation was never going to be easy,” continued Cllr Swinburn. “We’re doing the best we can to help local businesses in Cleethorpes with these changes. We know that they will have more than enough to think about with social distancing measures inside their stores. This is about giving people enough room to circulate in the public spaces, and help provide that confidence that people can come back to the high streets safely.
“We’re going to put these measures in from Sunday night this week, and we’ll keep them under review to see if we need to tweak them in terms not only of how they work, but also in response to any further changes to government guidance in the coming weeks, particularly in relation to the reopening of pubs and clubs.”
The temporary layouts will be installed in Cleethorpes from 7pm on Sunday 14 June. Whilst this is being done, there may be short periods where there is no access to St Peter’s Avenue and Market Street while concrete barriers are moved into place.