Church Walk Marston Moretaine to be closed to vehicles

Closure is part of Council’s plans to enable social distancing

Central Bedfordshire Council has made an Order that, from 27 June 2020, any vehicle, except a vehicle being used for fire, police or ambulance purposes in an emergency, will be prohibited from proceeding along Church Walk, Marston Moretaine.

The Council said that the temporary closure is needed to enable safe social distancing outside Marston Moreteyne VC School during the school run.

Adding, that where possible access will be maintained to property and premises. However, this may be restricted from time to time according to local signing. This temporary closure is part of the Council’s work to ensure social distancing is maintained as the lockdown restriction are eased.

To help with this, the council has been placing social distancing signs in town centres and outside schools, removing excess street furniture including bollards, bins and benches and cutting back vegetation to make pathways wider and clear of any obstructions.

Councillor Ian Dalgarno, Central Bedfordshire Council executive member for Community Services, said:

“We are doing everything we can to support our residents to social distance and ensure they can move around safely.

“We would like encourage the public to help with this by making sure our pavements are fully usable. This could mean cutting back overhanging vegetation, avoiding inconsiderate parking and keeping bins off the footpaths as soon as possible after being emptied.

“We would like to remind residents to check for any active birds’ nests before undertaking any bush or hedge trimming.

“We are already seeing a lot of residents being considerate and helping to achieve this goal, but there is more that we can all do to continue to keep ourselves and others safe.”

Council will be monitoring social distancing in town centres

There are likely to be areas where it may be difficult for residents to pass each other or queue taking account of social distancing, local authorities have been given emergency powers to help address this.

These powers mean that the council can make changes to the highway or a public space to support local businesses to open and to protect customer safety.

An example of this has been established in Leighton Buzzard High Street, where a temporary closure has been put in place to pedestrianise the High Street to aid social distancing and safety. The council will be monitoring social distancing in town centres over the next few weeks to see if changes are needed elsewhere.

If residents see somewhere on the public highway that needs some urgent attention they can report it by emailing traffic.consultation@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.