Pavements to be widened to aid social distancing
New measures to help with social distancing at busier points in the borough are being introduced as part of a package of measures devised by Haringey Council.
Haringey has been speaking to businesses about challenges they have been facing during the Covid-19 pandemic, such as “pavement pinch-points” outside shops that have outdoor queues in high footfall areas and near bus stops. As a result, pavements will be temporarily widened with barriers at some locations, a small number of parking bays will be suspended and some bus stops will be moved slightly.
The intention is to make it safer and easier for businesses, their customers and Haringey’s communities to do their essential shopping safely.
The first phase of these works has begun at 10 sites, with a second phase to follow. Haringey will closely monitor the measures at all sites to ensure they are helping residents.
The locations are:
- 17-19 Grand Parade - Green Lanes N4, Iceland
- 34-35 Green Lanes N4, Savers and Post Office
- 337 West Green Road, Sainsbury's
- 308 West Green Road, Tesco Express
- 315 West Green Road, Food Centre
- 27-29 West Green Road, West Green Halal Market
- 3-7 West Green Road, Sainsbury’s
- 39-41 High Road N22, Savers
- 46-50 High Street (Hornsey) N8, Tesco Express
- 24 High Street (Hornsey - Post Office) N8
Residents are urged not to park dangerously, for example on yellow lines, on zigzags near crossings and on footways. Enforcement will be carried out for parking that puts people at risk.
The council is currently working on a second phase which will be announced soon, and other businesses have been offered social distancing support and advice.
If there are “pavement pinch-points” that you are worried about, please email: email@example.com
Cllr Seema Chandwani, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said:
Coronavirus has changed the way our high streets are operating. Retailers are rightly adhering to social distancing guidelines but this is leading to queues outside which are reducing pavement space and creating ‘pavement pinch-points’. We have listened to concerns from residents and where possible and safe to do so, we are temporarily extending pavement spaces outside shops that are attracting queues to enable people to walk safely down our high streets. The 10 locations announced today are the first tranche and our dedicated highways team will be assessing various spaces across the borough and monitoring our high streets to identify new spaces and investigate spots residents are concerned about.
- Government guidance on social distancing remains in place. You should only be going out for essential key work, essential shopping and exercise once a day
The council has now rolled out a second phase of pavement widening at 'pavement pinch-points'.
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