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Changes to Malmesbury High Street help people to social distance

The new measures will came in on 15 June

Published 16 June 2020

People can shop with confidence in Malmesbury thanks to a joint initiative between Wiltshire Council and Malmesbury Town Council to enable social distancing in the town.

The new measures, in place in time for the opening of many shops on Monday 15 June, include the temporary removal of parking to create extra space for pedestrians in the Upper High Street and Oxford Street, making room for queuing outside shops. Signage and information boards have also been installed to help visitors move around the town centre safely and confidently.

A new disabled parking bay will be provided in the Market Cross, with loading and unloading permitted within designated areas. Parking for visitors is in the Cross Hayes Car Park, which is immediately next to the Upper High Street, and the nearby Station Yard Car Park, where the first two hours of car parking are free.

Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: "These changes in the centre of Malmesbury will make it easier for shoppers to visit retailers in the town while maintaining social distancing.

"All changes are temporary, and have been installed after close consultation Malmesbury Town Council and Malmesbury Town Team, retailers and local businesses.

"We will all closely monitor the scheme during its operation and will regularly review it to ensure it reflects current government guidance and continues to meet the needs of local businesses and shoppers."

Campbell Ritchie, Mayor of Malmesbury, said: "It is great to have many more of our fantastic shops and businesses opening up. The increase in pedestrian space in our High Street will let shoppers and visitors shop safely and with confidence in Malmesbury in the weeks ahead.

"The Highways team at Wiltshire Council have worked really hard to help us. Now is the time to shop local and to enjoy the welcome and all the variety the beautiful town of Malmesbury has to offer."

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