Questions and Answers
We have set out the most frequently asked questions and answers, which we hope will give you the information you may wish to know.
The Prohibition and Restriction on Roads Order covers a 298 metre stretch of road between the High Street barrier adjacent to Queen Street and The Pepperpot. The prohibitions and restrictions are an extension of those that normally apply within the same area on a Saturday. The aim of the closure is to remove as many obstacles to enabling safer social distancing within the area of highest footfall area of Godalming High Street as possible. The duration of the restrictions will be kept under review.
1. What will happen to emergency vehicle access?
Access for emergency vehicles is maintained at all times.
2. Will residents of Great George Street, Moss Lane, Pound Lane and Harts Yard still have access?
The High Street Bollard is operational on Monday-Saturday between 10.30am and 3.30pm, residents and workers who have designated car parking spaces within the prohibited and restricted area will be able to access their designated parking spaces if they have a swipe card for the High Street bollard.
3. What will happen to buses that normally go through the town centre?
As of 1 September buses will be operating on their normal route through the High Street.
4. What will happen to vehicles trying to deliver to residents and businesses e.g. couriers, postman, deliveries to vulnerable residents, during the time the barrier is closed?
Delivery vehicles which have applied for an swipe card will be able to access the restricted area to facilitate deliveries.
5. What is the intention in regards to cycling through the town centre?
Cycling along the High Street, following the one-way traffic direction, is permitted during the restricted period.
6. Will the on-street parking be properly enforced?
To promote and encourage responsible parking, on-street enforcement officers will be operating within the Godalming and Farncombe areas.
7. Will those with disability requirements be able to access the High Street?
Blue Badge Holders will have normal access and be able to park in the restricted area before 10.30am and after 3.30pm.
Only private vehicles belonging to residents and workers who have a permit for a designated parking space will be allowed access during the restricted period. Crown Court Car Park, South Street Car Park and Queen Street have provision for vehicles with Blue Badge holders to park.
8. Will the public toilets be reopened?
Crown Court Public Toilets partially reopened on 1 June (single unisex accessible facility and male urinals), the public toilet facilities will be fully open by 15 June.
9. Will businesses be allowed A boards and other display boards on the pavements?
The display of advertising boards on the highway (including pavements) is managed by Surrey County Council. To assist with the aim of reducing obstacles and obstructions to the enabling social distancing protocols, it is hoped that businesses will limit the use of pavement advertising display boards. However, where advertising boards are causing obstruction or restrictions of the pavement or highway, we will engage with the owner to try seek a suitable outcome. If this cannot be achieved Godalming Town Council will seek the removal of pavement display boards in line with the County Council’s procedures.