Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) Highways have changed their social distancing modifications on the high street to better suit visitors.
Just before shops began to reopen last month, most of the parking spaces throughout Watling Street were closed off by the Department for Transport and HCC to allow more room for pedestrians to walk while socially distanced.
The changes saw much backlash from both pedestrians and local shop owners – and Caroline Clapper, Hertsmere County councillor for Aldenham West, agreed that the plans were “not very well thought out.” She added that the county council did not engage with local councillors or residents prior to making the changes.
After welcoming comments from the public, councillor Clapper passed on suggestions to HCC to add short-term parking and collection spaces, disabled spaces, vehicle access to the second parade and better signage across the street.
When HCC agreed to make the changes on June 16, councillor Clapper said: “I believe these amends will be a great help to all of our local shops, pedestrians, disabled people and motorists, as well easing the flow of traffic through our village.”
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