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ST IVES TOWN EMERGENCY PLAN

30th June 2020

ST IVES TOWN EMERGENCY SAFETY PLAN 2020: CORONAVIRUS RECOVERY
23 June 2020
Traffic Control Orders begin Monday 29 June 11am – 4pm

The Government announcement today has widened the group of businesses and activities which will open from the 4th of July. This includes self-catered holiday accommodation. But only if they meet COVID-secure guidelines (and where 2 metres social distance cannot be achieved, the new limit is 1 metre plus).  As we emerge from lockdown and try to return to some kind of normality in our lives, jobs and businesses, it will be even more important to safeguard our residents and visitors.

The potential is clearly there – the virus remains and is no less deadly or infectious than at the start of 2020. Only around 5% of the UK population are thought to have been infected and even for them immunity is not guaranteed.

The evidence is that the vast majority of people are still potentially susceptible. In short, if we lift all safety measures, we could be back to where we were in February. Many businesses in the town might not survive a second lockdown. That is why the best way to support the economy is by ensuring that the town is a safe place for local people and visitors.

The streets in the town centre are narrow and, in the busy summer months, there are hundreds of people moving on foot. Even in a normal year, pedestrians are in conflict with vehicles, crushing onto the pavements to allow them to pass. It is very difficult to maintain social distancing even to one metre plus.

One measure to tackle this is to remove all but the most essential vehicles from the busiest streets in order that shoppers can move more freely and better maintain social distancing. Many towns and cities across the country have – or are bringing in – road closures to create additional space in areas of high footfall. Across Cornwall this is happening in towns like Truro, Falmouth, Newquay and others – and many of these towns have wider streets.

Traffic restrictions in the town are being introduced from 11am on Monday 29th June. They will operate from 11am until 4pm every day and will be monitored and evaluated each week during the crisis. To reduce disruption, there are a number of exemptions and dispensations to enable essential traffic movement during these times. But we are still urging people to try to access the town on foot between these times with cars being used for essential travel only.

Start Date: 29 June 2020
End date: the road closure will be reviewed on a regular basis and will continue during the Summer season, provided it is needed.

Times:
11am – 4pm daily

Road Closures:

The proposed road closure will start from the Tregenna Place and Gabriel Street junction (or library corner as it is known locally).
The barrier will run across Tregenna Place, opposite Wetherspoons. This will keep the three-road junction at library corner flowing and maximise the ability of vehicles to leave without entering the zone.
Any vehicles entering the zone from Windsor Terrace, Bedford Road & Back Street would go around Market Square and leave the town via St Andrew Street.
Chapel Street would also be closed to traffic, to avoid rat-running
Drillfield Lane would be made one-way in a southward direction, and there would be no right turn into Tregenna Place from Bedford Road.
Some high-sided vehicles, which present at the bottom of Bedford Road may either turn right at the bottom of Bedford Road or be allowed through as the camber of the road at St Andrews Street will prevent their exit.
Access:

All residents who have a home in the zone, provided they have the vehicle registered at the address – please complete the form below:
Other access will be issued on an exceptions basis for groups including:

carers
fishermen
emergency workers, including RNLI
refuse collection
For businesses and other traffic who need essential access on an occasional basis between the restricted hours, they can register their details at the Town Council and these can be checked at the road closure point and allowed through.

All businesses and residents are encouraged, wherever possible, to make only essential journeys. The exceptions policy will be maintained by the Town Council and kept under regular review.

We appreciate that this will cause some inconvenience. But we have tried to minimise this as much as possible. At the heart of this plan is the need to help minimise the risk of infection and to support our businesses by helping them to trade safely. Public Health is the over-riding concern above other considerations. The decision to proceed has been delayed to await the Government’s announcement today. However, it is clear that with the opening of holiday accommodation and the need to follow 1 metre plus social distancing, the measures are still necessary.

St Ives Emergency Safety Plan
St Ives Emergency Safety Plan 2020 FINAL issue 230620

Access
All residents who have a home in the zone, provided they have the vehicle registered at the address will be issued a permit. If you are a resident please complete this form and email it to [email protected] ; post or hand deliver to the Town Council, Guildhall, Street an Pol, St Ives TR26 2DS (the post box is to the right of the main door). If you would like a form posted to you or for any other enquiries – please call 01736 797840.
Other access will be issued on an exceptions basis for groups including:
carers
fishermen
emergency workers, including RNLI
refuse collection
‘Occasional Access’ List
This list is for those that have considered all of the options and can not reasonably find a way to avoid entering the controlled traffic zone between 11am – 4pm. If you need to be considered to be added to this list then register your reasons and your vehicle registration details and email [email protected] These cases will be considered on a case by case basis. The controlled traffic zone is to try to limit the amount of cars within the narrow streets of St Ives for reasons of safety, thank you for your understanding.

Visiting St Ives this summer
If you are planning to visit St Ives, please read the below leaflet which gives you some really useful information about the town.