Initial changes were introduced to the town centre earlier this year, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, to allow the general public to shop in a secure environment. Regent St has been pedestrianised during the daytime and parking bays in Meadow Street removed, introducing outdoor seating and safer shopping for locals. It now allows effective social distancing and encourages cycling and pedestrians, giving us the chance to trial different opportunities for public space without making permanent changes.
Businesses have highlighted some difficulties in their suppliers delivering during the restricted delivery times so these have now been extended to 11am. Also, at the request of businesses, much of the pay and display parking has been reinstated.
Restricted delivery times have long been common in towns across the country to create a more attractive and safer shopping environment for customers.
North Somerset Council will continue to listen to both businesses and shoppers and review provisions on a regular basis to find the right balance of all party’s needs.