Town Centre Social Distancing Measures
During the first Covid-19 lockdown earlier this year and following initial discussion with the Parish Council, Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council funded and contracted a social distancing scheme in the town centre following recommendations by central government in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Parish Council was informed by Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council that Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TTROs) had been put in place to remove parking in Market Place to enable social distancing. The Parish Council responded that this was not appropriate as parking in Market Place was essential to ensure footfall and the biggest issue lay with the narrow pavement outside the Co-op where at that time large queues were part of the daily scene and social distancing involved pedestrians walking into the road. The Highways Department therefore amended the TTRO to cover Main Street.
Unfortunately, for reasons beyond the Parish Council's control and not being party to the initial design of the scheme or responsible for implementation, the Parish Council has had to report a variety of ongoing safety issues. Incorrect equipment was used and appropriate signage was not provided. In view of the impending escalation to risk likely to be caused by winter weather, the situation could no longer be allowed to continue.
On 3 November Market Bosworth Parish Council therefore contacted Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council (whose contractor was responsible for implementation) to request that unless the road scheme could be made safe within 48 hours by the replacement of incorrect equipment with correct equipment, the addition of a maintenance contract and the inclusion of correct signage, the measures should be removed immediately before someone was harmed. The equipment used was not as specified by Leicestershire County Council and whilst everything has been done locally to resolve the safety issues the barriers remained a risk to pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.
Market Bosworth Parish Council takes most seriously the safety of residents and visitors to Market Bosworth and regrets that this response was forced due to a lack of care elsewhere.
On Wednesday 4 November the social distancing measures were removed by Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council's contractor. Accordingly, the temporary one-way traffic system is no longer in force and both Main Street and the Market Place have reverted to the previous two-way operation with immediate effect.
The Parish Council did not receive notice that this would happen on 4 November and once again has been frustrated at a turn of events beyond its control.
Posted: Thu, 05 Nov 2020 12:39 by Cathy Monkman