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Planters and street furniture to help social distancing

Created on 12/08/2020 @ 07:36
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More permanent social distancing measures will be implemented in Newtown town centre.

Powys County Council has told the town council that the temporary measures, such as road cones, will be replaced with more permanent furniture, such as planters.

In a report to the town council, it said: "In areas where roads can be pedestrianised, there will be opportunities to install unique street furniture, creating open air dining and socialising space for cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars.

"Reclaimed public space can be granted licences and other areas can simply be available for people to safely meet and enjoy community life.

"Where  the  additional  repurposed  space  is  required  to  facility  queues  and  safe  passing space for shoppers, it can be adorned with street furniture, seating, and planters to improve its appearance."

It added: "Reimagining and recreating our towns in this way will make they visually more appealing and increase  the  footfall  of  shoppers,  residents,  visitors  and  tourists.  Making  them, in turn, a vibrant, thriving place to do business and socialise.

"Anything is possible. With the support of the town and community councils, businesses and residents, the council is happy to consider all options.

"Making our town centres safe and helping businesses to reopen and remain viable, is our main priority.By  embracing  the  opportunities  that  these  extraordinary  circumstances  have  created  we have the chance to create exciting, community themed public spaces for the benefit of everyone."

The work will form part of a second phase of social distancing measures that have seen on-street parking restricted.

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