TEMPORARY TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS – GODALMING HIGH STREET
As the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are amended Godalming Town Council is supporting our community by implementing relevant guidance and advice issued by HM Government on creating ‘Safer Public Spaces’. In addition to the social distancing markings and signage which have been installed throughout the retail areas a Temporary traffic restriction for Godalming town centre will also be coming into force from 15 June 2020.
Government Guidance issued on 13 May 2020 relating to the Management of Social Distancing in High Streets and Town Centres highlighted that “it is within high streets that conflict in achieving social distancing is most likely to arise” and set out a number of temporary interventions for high streets and town centres, including the widening of footways by utilising roadways. With the narrow pavements along the High Street, social distancing would not be achievable without utilising the roadway. However, it is recognised that Godalming High Street is also a one way road serving a number of side roads and business parking areas. As such, both social distancing protocols and the amenity of the residents and businesses needed to be considered and where possible, arrangements put in place that achieve an appropriate balance between differing requirements.
Godalming Town Council has agreed to support the implementation of the Temporary prohibitions and restrictions authorised by the Highways Authority, and will provide staff to manage the access barrier to the High Street between 10am and 4pm Monday-Saturday for a period of up to 6 weeks.
Access to the High Street will be restricted between 10am and 4pm Monday-Saturday from its junction with Queen Street to the junction with Church Street at The Pepperpot. Access for residents, town centre workers and deliveries will be controlled at the High Street barrier between 10am and 4pm. Please note that access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at ALL times.
If you have a parking space within the restricted area but do not currently have an access permit, please contact 01483 523575 for further information.
In supporting our community as we ease out of the current lockdown we will do our best to ensure that any disruption or inconvenience to town centre residents and businesses is kept to a minimum and will keep restrictions under review.
The Q&A below will hopefully answer most of the questions you may have, but If you do require any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch.