The coning of Consett

Many of us, myself included, were taken by surprise this morning by an array of cones preventing parking in parking bays and loading bays across the town.

Following clarification from County Hall the changes across the county and the reasons for them can be seen here.

I remain concerned that changes in some streets will have a seriously adverse effect on traders. I will therefore be looking to ensure that the measures will be reviewed as councillors have been assured:

“In planning for the return of people to our town centres we have had to assume almost a worst case scenario that large volumes of people would return and therefore our actions, implemented this morning, provided as much additional space as possible, but on a temporary basis.  In the following days, as the demand from the public becomes more established, we will adjust the measures and try to provide a balance between the needs of pedestrians with parking and loading spaces.”

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