Since the Council’s original response on traffic management measures to ensure the safe reopening of businesses in Chipping Campden in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, more information has been received from Government and the situation has changed in the following ways:
(i) Social distancing measures have been relaxed and in particular, the 2m social-distancing guidance has been modified. Ideally people should stay 2m (6ft) apart, but if that’s not possible, follow the “1 metre plus” guidance – using “mitigation” such as face coverings and not sitting face-to-face.
(ii) Gloucestershire County Council has confirmed that one way system in Chipping Campden will not be implemented in the absence of a thorough public consultation exercise and
(iii) Responses received to date confirm that a one way system is not supported by the public but a 20mph speed limit throughout the town centre including Back Ends was supported by the public.
However, even with the relaxation in social distancing, it will not be possible for shops to admit all customers at busy periods leading to queuing on the pavement and a small number of hospitality businesses do not have the capacity to serve outside customers entirely on their own premises. In addition, the car park at Chipping Campden School Academy has been made available for public use mitigating the loss of on-street car parking spaces.
Therefore, at a very well attended extraordinary Zoom Council meeting on Monday 29th June, the Council resolved to support a scheme for Chipping Campden which supports the continuation of businesses, provides for social distancing whilst minimising the loss of on-street car parking spaces and ensuring pedestrian safety through:
(i) The temporary removal of up to two on-street parking spaces outside the Co-op with the installation of appropriate safety barriers
(ii) The temporary removal of up to two on-street parking spaces outside Fillet and Bone with the installation of appropriate safety barriers
(iii) The temporary removal of up to two on-street parking spaces outside Sarah’s Delicatessen with the installation of appropriate safety barriers
(iv) The temporary removal of up to three on-street parking spaces outside One Stop with the installation of appropriate safety barriers
(v) The temporary removal of up to three on-street parking spaces outside Luigis with the installation of appropriate safety barriers
(vi) The temporary removal of up to two on-street parking spaces outside the Chemist with the installation of appropriate safety barriers
(vii) A 20mph speed limit throughout the Town Centre including Back Ends.
(viii) The provision of “Dead Slow” “Lollipops” on the High Street.
(ix) Better signage for the school car park and HGVs.
The Council further resolved to give delegated powers to the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Council to:
(i) Agree, in consultation with the businesses affected, the detailed implementation of the scheme with CDC and GCC, amending it as required as circumstances change whilst maintaining the same basic principles
(ii) Agree on the implementation of the safety barriers with CDC and GCC including giving consideration to the use of planters or alternative means of reducing the visual impact
(iii) If requested, agree to extend the scheme to support the continuation of hospitality businesses where there is no reasonable alternative and in the opinion of the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Council it is safe and appropriate to do so
(iv) Investigate the temporary provision of additional off-road car parking at other locations including the Recreation Ground.
(v) Publish the decision taken under the above resolution on the website as soon as it is practicable.