Cars banned from Salcombe high street

The world is very different since the outbreak of coronavirus and one place that these changes will be felt is in Salcombe. 
In order to encourage people into the town centre while at the same time keeping residents and visitors safe, Salcombe Town Council has banned cars from using Fore Street, Cliff Road, Union Street and Clifton Place.
This new traffic order does not include blue badge holders, vehicles that are loading or unloading or those that require access to premises.
Whitestrand car park is now closed and Island Street now has Pedestrian Priority to allow for as much social distancing as possible and to enable pedestrians to manoeuvre amongst the vehicles in this busy area.
The town council also state: "Victoria Quay is too narrow to allow social distancing, so we suggest extra care should be taken, or you use the alternative route available via Buckley Street.
"We are encouraging all pedestrians to Keep Left when walking, with signs going up and footprints being drawn to help reinforce this message.
"All businesses will have their own Covid safety procedures in place, so do read their notices and abide by their rules.  Queuing might be taking place on pavements so be mindful, but if a queue is too long, try again later.
"All these measures have been implemented to ensure that we all stay safe, so please BE AWARE  TAKE CARE HELP US TO PROTECT SALCOMBE."#
There seems to have been a bit of push back against the scheme however, with Salcombe Mayor, Nikki Turton, saying: "To those who have decided to start removing the parking restriction signs - they are legal, they will be replaced every time, and the changes are for everyone's safety whilst we all social distance in our narrow streets.  Please stop being thoughtless."


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