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RESIDENTS REJOICE: Council confirm the end of social distancing measures on Radlett high street 

 Published on: 15th May 2021   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Residents were relieved to learn that the unwanted social distancing measures on the high street are set to be removed.

Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) are set to remove the barriers and plants which block off where the majority of parking spaces on Watling Street used to be.

The changes were made a year ago to allow more room for pedestrians to walk while socially distanced, but the vast majority of residents were unhappy with them from the outset.

Caroline Clapper, HCC councillor for Aldenham West, explained: “I have once again met with the County Council to confirm, in the strongest possible terms, that we do not wish to maintain the social distancing measures on the high street any longer than is absolutely necessary, and that they are to be removed as soon as possible.

“From the start of these measures, I have continuously explained to the County council that with a lower footfall high street like Radlett, these measures are having a hugely negative impact for residents, motorists, disabled users and particularly our shopkeepers.

“I am therefore delighted to now be able to confirm that officers have just given me an estimated date for removal of the measures, in the week commencing May 24.

“The ‘planters’ (which were provided via government funding) will be retained by Hertsmere Borough Council as assets for use in other (required) places.”

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