TEMPORARY measures will be introduced across Carmarthenshire’s town centres to support businesses and visitors to stay safe and thrive.

From August 3, Carmarthenshire County Council will bring in a range of measures to include pedestrianising some shopping streets between 10am and 4pm, putting one-way systems in place to allow safe queuing and social distancing, creating additional pedestrian space by relocating parking bays and lowering speed limits.

The new measures are part of the council’s recovery plan to support town centres get back on their feet after the prolonged disruption caused by lockdown and ensure visitors can safely enjoy our towns.

The council is urging people to support local businesses by shopping and spending their leisure time locally.

The new measures will support this by allowing town centre businesses to operate safely and innovatively.

Businesses who wish to take advantage of the opportunity to create space outside their premises are being encouraged to contact the council to get advice about licensing requirements.

The changes also provide an opportunity to monitor and assess environmental impact – air quality will be measured and data will be used to help future town centre planning.

They will be kept under review and council officers will be engaging with traders, shoppers and visitors to get feedback, with online consultation via the council’s website, www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales and on its social media pages @CarmsCouncil. Alternatively, people can email consultation@carmarthenshire.gov.uk with their views.

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Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, Cllr Emlyn Dole, said: “We hope these new measures will help our local businesses to get back on their feet and thrive as we all adapt to a new way of shopping and meeting with friends to enjoy our leisure time.

“These changes have been implemented after much consideration and within the boundaries of what the council can do safely and responsibly to protect businesses and visitors whilst also keeping our town centres flowing and operating well.

“We really hope that people will come back to our town centres and help them thrive again by shopping and spending their leisure time locally. We’re urging people to buy local and support Carmarthenshire businesses.

As more businesses open and more people get out and about across Carmarthenshire, the council is also asking people to respect, protect, and enjoy:

Respect – guidelines, safety measures, local communities and others around you

Protect – yourself, other people, and critical services; stay home if you’re unwell and wash your hands often

Enjoy – spend your leisure time safely and support local businesses get back on their feet.

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