Chard’s pedestrianisation of Holyrood Street to be removed this week

Emergency measures to support the reopening of high streets in Somerset were rolled out across the county in June to free up space in high streets as retail businesses reopened and shoppers returned.

Holyrood Street, Chard was pedestrianised to support reopening of non-essential retail businesses.

After reviewing footfall and listening to feedback from both shoppers and businesses, Somerset’s Covid-19 Active Travel group has made the decision to reopen Holyrood Street from Friday 7 August.

The Active Travel Cell is constantly reviewing the situation in order to support local businesses to operate in the safest way possible.

The public are still encouraged to stay safe by continuing to adhere to social distancing by keeping 2m apart and by wearing a face covering on public transport and in shops and other enclosed public spaces.

Somerset’s Covid-19 Active Travel group includes representatives from Somerset County Council, Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, South Somerset District Council, Avon and Somerset Police and Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP).

Having been allocated an initial £120,000 from the Department for Transport in emergency funding for the temporary measures, the group is committed to working with communities to help create better spaces for people walking and cycling around Somerset, particularly with further funding expected in phase 2*.

All feedback that has been received for this and all temporary schemes will be incorporated where possible into future plans to improve the pedestrian experience.