Fylde Council have announced that they will be reallocating a short stretch of the carriageway to provide a wider footway on the south side of Clifton Street and on The Crescent.
It is proposed that an area in Lytham will be created in a manner that will allow deliveries to be made to the businesses along this part of Clifton Street in accordance with loading restrictions. In order to ensure that two way traffic flow can be maintained, parking will be suspended along the north side of Clifton Street between the pedestrian (zebra) crossing and Bath Street (see map below).
The Council says that St Anne’s is fortunate to have much wider footways and forecourts, but the footway is narrow crossing the railway bridge on The Crescent, an important pedestrian route that links to the shops St. David’s Road and St. Albans Road (see map below).
In introducing the barrier systems Fylde Council says: ‘We are now seeing more businesses reopening within our town centres and it is critical that the general population is able to adhere to social distancing guidelines if they are to have the confidence and reassurance they need to safely return to our town centres in a manner that reduces the risk of further spreading the virus.
Whilst many of the premises have large forecourts that will help maintain social distancing, restrictions on the number of customers allowed to enter a business at any time will mean that many of these areas will be needed for queuing or as additional external seating areas.’
Chairman of the Councillor Town Centre Working Group, Richard Redcliffe said: ‘It is important that visitors to our town centres are provided with the space they need to respect social distancing guidance if they are to have the confidence that they can visit our high streets safely. Fylde Council’s Town Centre Working Group has identified several pinch points where it will be more difficult for people to maintain social distancing where the temporary widening of the footway will help. Whilst our high streets may seem quieter than normal at present, we need to prepare for the future as more and more people return to our high streets.’