CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council has announced that it is making some changes to help town centres get back on their feet, helping businesses and for people to stay safe and thrive.

These new and temporary measures will be kept under review and the council will be engaging with traders, shoppers and visitors to get feedback. People are asked to keep an eye out for online surveys through the consultation section, the council social media pages or email consultation@carmarthenshire.gov.uk.

Three town centre streets are being pedestrianised to support traders to bring their business outdoors, and to allow safe queuing and social distancing.

One-way systems for walkways are being brought in to place in some areas, and additional space created for pedestrians by changing some parking bays.

Lower speed limits will also be introduced on many streets to ensure pedestrian safety. It is hoped the measures will not only create a safer place for people to shop local, support traders and enjoy coming into our town centres, but have a positive impact on our environment too – providing more space and improving air quality.

Town centre streets that are being improved for the safety will be pedestrianised between 10 am and 4 pm, but will be accessible outside these core hours.

The changes in Llanelli will come into effect from Monday, August 3, where Cowell Street will be pedestrianised pedestrianising from its junction with John Street and in the area in front of Spring Gardens, which means no access for vehicles from 10 am to 4 pm daily. As this will affect the disabled parking bays in this area, new temporary disabled parking bays will be made available along the highway as you enter Cowell Street from Murray Street, and along John Street, although the existing limited waiting bays will be removed.

On the same day changes to Carmarthen, town centre will involve pedestrianising areas including King Street and Queen Street, Notts Square and adjacent side streets, which means no access for vehicles from 10 am to 4 pm daily. A number of one-way pedestrian routes are also being implemented to help social distancing, including along Jacksons Lane, the alleys connecting Spilman Street with King Street, and around the bus depot on Blue Street.

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In Blue Street, on-street parking bays are being moved to allow increased pedestrian space, but new on-street parking, including disabled parking bays, will be made available along the highway on Lammas Street. A number of new 20mph zones are also being introduced.

Also, changes will happen to Ammanford town centre to help with social distancing. The changes include the widening of footpaths around the bus station and advisory signs asking you to ‘keep left’. A small section at the top of Wind Street where it joins with Quay Street will be pedestrianised and we’re working with contractors to remove some hoarding.

Along Carregaman Lane we’re widening the footway by cutting back vegetation and adding new facilities for cyclists, and an alternative pedestrian link is being made connecting Wind Street with the bottom end of Lloyd Street. A number of new 20mph zones are also being introduced.

Cllr Emlyn Dole, Leader of the Council, 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.”

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