Reopening the high street safely

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Residents and businesses are being urged to have their say in the way Tameside reopens from lockdown by taking part in a consultation.

Tameside Council is looking to collect views and feedback, in the survey which launched in August on which measures may be taken in town centres across the borough. 

The council has been provided funding by central government so high streets and the local economy can safely reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic.   

This funding comes in addition to support for businesses and workers already provided by the government.

The money will help Tameside Council create a safe trading environment for businesses and customers, particularly in the high streets.   

This funding can only be used to support certain areas including developing a plan for how to safely reopen the local economy; producing communication materials; raising awareness with businesses and temporary changes to public facilities. 

The Council has identified potential areas within the towns that could benefit from the funding which will support the safe use of local town centres.

Plans include creating more space for social distancing by removing some of the street furniture to improve access in busy areas.

Signage, advertising and a communications campaign are also under consideration to promote social distancing and how to shop safely.  

The consultation will be open until 12pm on the 11 September and feedback will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Once the survey is closed Tameside Council will fully review the answers to potentially build eligible ideas submitted into the action plan for the borough, if within the funding available. 

Cllr Oliver Ryan, Tameside Council Executive Member for Finance and Economic Growth, said: "This funding will impact the majority of people in the borough so I encourage everyone to get in touch and share their views. We're working to ensure our town centres are attractive and safe places for residents, customers and businesses and for that we need the views from people across our community."

To find out more about this and to take part in the Safely Reopening Tameside consultation please visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ReopeningtheHighStreetSafely