Plans have been drawn up to safely reopen Redcar and Cleveland’s high streets and to give more space to cyclists and pedestrians as lockdown eases.
The council has received two pots of funding from Government to allow members of the public to have more space and stay within social distancing rules.
More than £121,000 will be dedicated to adapting the borough’s main high streets and beach fronts so visitors, shoppers and businesses can be assured of their safety and to make being out and about in the borough’s town centres as pleasant as possible.
Initially, the public will see measures such as new signs, street markings and temporary barriers to help people keep their distance.
The council is also consulting with local businesses in the borough’s busiest places such as Guisborough, Redcar and Saltburn to see if and what further physical changes need to be implemented in the coming weeks. This will be continually reviewed.
The second pot of funding – worth £86,000 – will be dedicated to delivering projects that will allow cyclists and pedestrians to have more space
Plans are focused on providing new routes for cyclists and encouraging residents to walk and cycle where they can, including using a network of existing routes:
1. Reducing through traffic on Wilton Lane between Guisborough and Wilton turning the road into a quiet lane for walking & cycling. This link will allow cyclists to safely join the National Cycle Route 1 (NCR1) network between the Wilton business and industrial site to Redcar town centre;
2. Improving the pedestrian and cycle route between South Bank Railway Station and Flatts Lane Country Park.
Councillor Wayne Davies, cabinet member for economic development at Redcar and Cleveland Council, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming our residents and visitors back to our high streets and for businesses to begin trading again.
“Health and safety has to be our main priority during these times, so we will need everyone’s patience and co-operation as we roll out some of these changes.
“We are speaking with our local businesses to see what additional practical solutions might be needed so people can visit our seafronts, and shop and visit cafes safely. Of course, we want to encourage people to come and visit our borough, and to spend their money locally, but we need to ensure it is safe for them to do so.
“It is also vital that we take the opportunity to make our transport network as accessible as possible to pedestrians and cyclists while at the same time as ensuring we adapt to the new realities of daily life as the lockdown eases. These plans are small part of how we can achieve just that in the months and years ahead.”