Calls for council to consider temporary road closure to support Hemel Hempstead businesses

A man from Boxmoor is asking the council to consider temporarily closing  part of the High Street in Hemel Hempstead Old Town so pubs could extend into the road.

Monday, 22nd June 2020, 11:10 am

Iain Smith wrote to the council to see if they would consider the temporary closure to so businesses could have extra room on the road, to allow for social distancing.

He said: "It is good news that pubs and restaurants will soon be able to open.

"They will need to adhere to social distancing rules and will probably have to have tables and chairs outside.

A man from Boxmoor is asking the council to consider temporarily closing part of the High Street in Hemel Hempstead Old Town so pubs could extend into the road

"On the Old High Street a number of premises do not have any outside areas.

"As a way of helping these business would the Council consider closing the Old High Street to vehicles after 1pm, at least temporarily, to allow premises to extend onto the road.

"This would allow deliveries to take place in the morning,Obviously provision would have to be made for disabled access at all times.

"I think everyone would be on board, it would be a good way to support the local pubs and restaurants, who have been suffering during the pandemic."

A spokesperson for Hertfordshire County Council, said: “At present we have rolled out measures at 15 locations across the county and are currently keeping these under review before we look at further locations.

“We are happy to consider other locations where we can support the public health drive for social distancing, helping residents feel safe as they return to our high streets and supporting the local economy, but cannot at this stage give a timeline for any further roll out of measures.”

Boris Johnson is expected to announce on Tuesday if the hospitality sector can reopen on 4 July and if the 2m distancing rule in England can be relaxed