Temporary closures to “enable compliance with social distancing regulations”
Some roads in Central Bedfordshire are set to temporarily close near schools to prevent people from driving when dropping off and picking up their children.
This is according to a post on Facebook showing a Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) Temporary Prohibition of Traffic Order 2020, dated 26 May 2020.
The public notice says:
“Notice is hereby given that Central Bedfordshire Council intends from the date of this notice to make an order under the special powers given to local authorities by the director-general of the Department of Transport for a letter dated 12th of May 2020.
“The effect of which will be to prohibit any vehicle, except the vehicle being used for fire, police or ambulance purposes in an emergency, or for a vehicle providing official school transport, from proceeding along the length of any road within Central Bedfordshire that an open school is located on from 50m either side the school entrance.
“These temporary closures are required to enable compliance with social distancing regulations and shall apply to such extent as may be from time to time be indicated by the appropriate traffic signs. Where possible access will be maintained to property and premises but may be restricted from time to time according to local signing.
“It is expected that these restrictions will be in place from 1st June 2020 and are expected to be in force for up to 18 months. These sections of roads will be closed at all times during this period.
“There are no alternative routes for these closures.
“The order will come into operation on 01 June 2020 for a period of 18 months or until the government regulations change which ever is the earlier.”
This notice has yet to be published on CBC’s website, and it is not known if this will be enforced at every school. Due to time restrictions, the Council was unable to comment before the Chronicle went to press.
The Chronicle also approached Bedfordshire Police to enquire if officers will be on hand to enforce the road closures. Its spokesperson said:
“There are no current plans to do this however we will continue to work with partners in relation to the COVID-19 guidance and any issues will be dealt with accordingly.
“We will maintain community patrols and support the safe and effective implementation of government measures.”