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Proposed changes to Whickham Front Street
Your local Lib Dem councillors have held an online meeting with Council officers who informed us that they have been looking at changes to the layout of Whickham centre, in line with a new Government scheme "Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer public places - urban centres and green spaces". 
Further information about this scheme can be found HERE.

Any new arrangements implemented would be on a temporary basis, during the current pandemic situation.

The scheme has been put in place to accommodate social distancing in urban centres - and Council officers are looking at how to use pedestrian space, the movement of people, queuing requirements and traffic management, which will become increasingly important now that more shops have begun to open.

"At the meeting, we raised a number of points that the officers had not considered and as a result, some changes to the original plans are being considered," said Cllr Peter Maughan.

"The initial proposals included the removal of all the parking spaces from Lloyds Bank to the bus shelter," said Cllr Sonya Hawkins. "We opposed this proposal as many elderly and disabled people use these spaces and their removal would make life much more difficult for them. I'm pleased this proposal has been dropped.

"From Barclays to Whickham Dentists, barriers are to be erected to create a wider pedestrian pavement to allow social distancing and to accommodate queues for shops and businesses."

"We have asked that adequate advance notice is provided to residents and businesses.” said Cllr Marilynn Ord. “As a result a letter will be sent out next week to those businesses affected by the plans.”

Further information including a copy of the plans can be seen via the Council website: www.gateshead.gov.uk/safespaces.
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