Elect all Leominster’s Covid 19 active travel road closure for High Street and Corn Square: August 2020 on
- Leominster’s High Street and Corn Square are closed to vehicles 10am- 1pm Monday to Saturday
- A 20mph limit now covers the town centre and Hereford Road down to Leominster Primary School
- This is a national scheme funded by government to provide safe space for people during Covid: the national infection R rate is currently very near 1.
- Transmission of Covid 19 is greatly reduced outdoors and where people are able to keep at least 1 metre apart
- This scheme reduces the chance of a second wave and lockdown, which would be dreadful for our town and businesses
- Our narrow pavements make it impossible for people to keep one metre apart when shoppers need to pass and there are queues on the pavements
- The closure makes it safer for buggies, people with mobility issues and everyone passing each other and queues on narrow pavements
- The part time pedestrianisation provides a regular opportunity for people who are vulnerable and concerned about catching Covid to shop safely. One third of Leominster’s population are defined as vulnerable.
- Streets remain open for buggies, cyclists, mobility scooters and walkers.
- It is even more enjoyable to browse our excellent independent shops in a car free zone!
- Our Tourist Information Centre is open in corner of Corn Square from 10am-2pm.
- Free public toilets are available at our Bus station (opposite Co-op) and Broad St car park, also Central carpark (8am – 2pm) and the Grange
- Everything in town is within a short distance- with many free and cheap car parking spaces within yards of the centre: we have well over 500 spaces near the town centre
- Free on street parking in Broad St, Church Street and many other nearby locations
- Disabled parking spaces in Etnam St car park, Central car park, Broad St and Broad St car park: those with blue badges can also park in many other places legally
- Shopmobility can provide aids by arrangement, ring Chris on 07960 63107 to book or drop in to their base in Central carpark
- Car park charges range from 50p for an hour and £2.50 all day – see below for charges
- It is an offence to move a road closure notice (enforced by police)
- Businesses have been consulted. The measures can be adjusted – contact Herefordshire Council
- Maximum length of closure: 18 months. Cannot be extended without consultation.
- Our tourist info office has free colourful leaflets, with a good map showing carparks.
- Parking enforcement can be contacted on 01432 383277 if there is a serious issue.
- https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200196/roads/908/walking_and_cycling_improvements for more info on Covid 19 active travel schemes around the county
Leominster Car park charges
Broad St car park: up to 24 hours £2.50
Central car park: up to 1 hour £1, 2 hours £1.50
Dishley St: up to 2 hours for £1, 4 hours £1.50
Etnam St car park: up to 1 hour 50p, 2 hours 80p, 4 hours £1.50
Co-op supermarket: half hour free, up to 1.5 hours £1 (refunded if you spend over £10 in store)
Cllr Trish Marsh, 8 August 2020: Updates and improvements welcome to trish.marsh@herefordshire.
Annual Canvass 2020 – Update 22/7/20:
As you are aware, the Annual Canvass has started for this year, which is when the Council contacts households to check their details for the Electoral Register.
We had an encouraging 16,500 households respond to our emails and texts. The remaining 70,000 households will shortly receive a letter. There are two separate letters going out:
- One that requires a response ONLY if the details we already have are incorrect – there are 50,000 of these. We believe there are no changes to report in these households
- One that requires a response under any circumstances – 20,000 of these. We believe there might be updates and changes in these households
As a response is not necessarily required, all we are asking them to do is to please read carefully and follow the instructions.
We are of course promoting responses (where required) by internet but are well aware this is not for everybody, so we have the telephone option for them. We will also be sending an old-fashioned paper form with pre-paid envelope later in the process to applicable households.
We are grateful for any assistance you can give to any of our residents that might need help, and also with any wider publicity. Electoral Services can be contacted on 01432 260107 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any issues. Many thanks.
As you may be aware the Herefordshire Council Talk Community Covid-19 response is providing a coordinated strategic support framework across Herefordshire to provide resilience in the community and voluntary sector and to support vulnerable people during this difficult time.
Herefordshire Council has sent a letter to every household (total of 88,000) focused on vulnerable people and the support they will need outside of their existing network.
We have also be reaching out to volunteers to provide support in the communities for the vulnerable people and linking into existing communities to scope the current networks, community leaders and voluntary activities. A central coordination centre with a dedicated telephone line for vulnerable people, volunteers and community organisations/leaders has been set up to assist with this service.
Herefordshire Councils Covid-19 support and advice webpage: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/covid19help
Talk Community Covid-19 Response Telephone Number: 01432 260027
Email address: email@example.com
As part of the response the council has deployed council staff to every area to act as link workers.
The areas of support that will be coordinated are:
• Urgent supplies
• Picking up meds (DBS check needed)
• Pet walking
• Calling vulnerable people during this difficult time
Should you require more information or assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org