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Public asked to be ‘safe shoppers’

Published: 19 June 2020

We are making changes to town centres around the county to help with increasing numbers of visitors as more shops start to re-open.


For example some streets will be made one way or closed to traffic – with the aim of making pavements wider so people can shop safely, and to give room for people to queue outside shops. And some on street car parking bays will be closed.

Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, Councillor Simon Spencer, said:

“We’ve looked at all our town centres to see what changes we could make quickly to give more space for shoppers.

“Our priority has been to make pavements wider to give people the space for social distancing. This is about balancing the public health need with the needs of those who use our towns and villages.

“It’s also about giving confidence to get people back into our towns and villages and doing all we can to support our local businesses.

“We were tasked with doing this by the Government in a very tight timescale, so we’ve been working with all the district and borough councils.

“All our councillors are involved and are more than happy to talk to local residents or businesses. We are able to adjust and tweak what we’ve done, so if anyone has any constructive ideas then please let your local county councillor know.

“We’d ask everyone to take care, follow any new signs, stay safe and keep their distance from other shoppers.”

You can contact Derbyshire County Council’s councillors.

The work is being paid for by the first stage of the emergency active travel fund announced recently by the Government. The council has been allocated £443,000 to pay for this work and must make the changes in a short time period.

Changes have been made in some towns, and in others they are yet to be started.