Ceredigion County Council wants to create safe, inviting towns for people to come shopping and to enjoy. With social distancing requirements still being important, it is necessary to make adjustments to the towns for public health reasons. Ceredigion has prevailed extremely well in its defence against the spread of coronavirus and wishes for this success to continue for the well-being of its citizens.

Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Cardigan and New Quay are the first towns to see these zones implemented.

To do this, some roads will be closed to traffic, pavements will be de-cluttered, visitors will be asked to park away from the town centres for free and signage will be introduced to help visitors maintain safe distancing.

Safe zones were created on 13 July 2020 and a temporary traffic order is in place that enables them to be kept in place for up to 18 months from August 2020.

During the coronavirus firebreak, announced by the Welsh Government, Ceredigion County Council will not be closing the roads daily within the safe zones during this period, which is between 6pm on Friday, 23 October and 11am on 09 November.

Safe Zone arrangements during firebreak

The Council has acted as quickly as possible to put these arrangements in place and these initial arrangements will be continually reviewed. Information will be shared with traders and business owners within the safe zone and we will continue to work with them to ensure that deliveries of supplies can be facilitated. However, business are advised to make arrangements for deliveries to be made outside the closure period and only when this is not possible to do so contact the Council to arrange for urgent or unforeseen assistance. The same will apply to residents.

This is the first plan as part of staggered measures for towns. The measures have been introduced using emergency powers to ensure towns are safer places to visit for our local communities and visitors to walk around, shop and enjoy what our towns can offer. Given the likely increase in the numbers of people in the County during the summer, this can only be done safely if we create more space for people rather than for cars.

The safe zones are not designed to enable people to drink on the streets of our towns. Where Public Space Protection Orders exists, no drinking will be allowed on the streets unless in a designated space which has an approved licence.

These safe zones will be reviewed to ensure that if there are any amendments needed that these can be made as quickly possible. During the emergency period we will be consulting and engaging with businesses, residents and visitors to consider to the best way forward in the medium to longer term.

Exemptions to the prohibition of motorised vehicles entering these zones will include the emergency services and utility companies but only for emergency/safety related works. Car parks are available around the towns which will be free to use. Additional disabled (blue badge) parking provision will be noted on the plans. Residents are reminded only to present their domestic waste in a suitable container by 8:00am on the day of collection. Further information is available here.

Supporting businesses in Ceredigion’s Safe Zones

To support businesses within the Safe Zones, we have made adjustments to the plans following concerns raised specifically relating to deliveries. Deliveries can be made between the hours of 11am and 6pm for official delivery vans and small lorries only. A 5mph restriction will be in place as well as the requirement to have hazard lights on at all times. This is similar to the approach used at events such as the Royal Welsh Show.

These measures are to enable traders to receive deliveries and pick up large items when doing this before or after the closure cannot be avoided. Businesses are asked to make arrangements for deliveries to take place outside the closure hours wherever possible. Trade vans and small lorries will not be able to park longer than the time needed to deliver or pick up goods. This will help ensure there is more space for pedestrians to circulate safely.

Delivery access points have been created, as follows:

Aberystwyth

  • At the junction of Portland Street and Queens’ Road with exit on to Eastgate Street, New Street towards St. Michael’s Church on to Laura Place, then the Promenade;
  • At the junction of Terrace Road and Cambrian Place up to Chalybeate Street; delivery vans will be expected to turnaround and exit back on to Terrace Road;
  • Larger vehicles (over 7.5T) will access via Bridge Street, down Great Darkgate Street and exit on to North Parade;

Changes have also been made to restrictions to allow better access to Aberystwyth Market Hall.

Cardigan

  • At the bottom of High Street close to the entrance to the Castle. The exit point is further along the High Street.

New Quay (which will include access for boats on a trailer)

  • At the junction of the B4342 and Glanmor Terrace and then take the circular route to exit.

We will be continuously reviewing the operation of each of the Safe Zones following their implementation.

Exemptions to the prohibition of motorised vehicles entering these zones will include the emergency services and utility companies but only for emergency/safety related works. Car parks are available around the towns which will be free to use. Additional disabled (blue badge) parking provision will be noted on the plans.

Stay local and support local to keep Ceredigion safe.

Gold Command decision notice: Safe zones in place in Ceredigion-Temporary Road closures

Integrated Impact Assessment: Re-opening Town Centres (recovery from COVID-19 lockdown)

Map

Aberaeron Safe Zones Map 1 from 24 August 2020

Aberaeron Safe Zones Map 2 from 24 August 2020

Aberaeron Safe Zones Map 3 from 24 August 2020

Changes to Aberaeron streets

These streets will be closed to traffic 24 hours:

  • Cadwgan Place: from (but not including), the entrance to Pwllcam Car Park to the junction with Quay Parade.
  • Quay Parade: from the junction with Cadwgan Place to the end of the road at the Public Conveniences and to (but not including), the entrance to the Harbour Master Car Park.
  • Waterloo Street: from the junction with Quay Parade to the junction with Drury Lane.

Temporary Prohibition of Parking, Waiting and Loading 24 hours:

  • Market Street: parking bay between property numbers 11 and 17.
  • Market Street: parking bay between property numbers 18 and 20.
  • Victoria Street: street parking between Market Street and Castle Lane.
  • Castle Lane: street parking between Victoria Street and Queen Street and Regent Street.
  • Queen Street: street parking between Market Street and Lower Regent Street Car Park.
  • Cadwgan Place: street parking between property number 7 and Market Street junction.
  • Waterloo Street: street parking N.E. bound side, between Drury Lane and Tabernacle Street.
  • Alban Square(south): loading and unloading will be prohibited between property numbers 34 and 36 to make provision for extra disabled parking.
  • A487 Alban Square: parking bay located opposite the Bus Stop between property numbers 2 and 7.

All parking bays, street parking and loading along the roads mentioned in Schedule 1 of this Notice will be prohibited during the periods of road closure.

Temporary alteration to the flow of traffic 24 hours:

  • Regent Street and Lower Regent Street: one-way traffic flow travelling in a north-westerly direction, from the junction with Bridge Street (A487) to North Beach Car Park entrance.
  • Link road between Lower Regent Street and Tabernacle Street: one-way traffic flow travelling in a south-westerly direction from North Beach Car Park entrance to the junction with Tabernacle Street.
  • Tabernacle Street: one-way traffic flow travelling in a south-easterly direction from the junction with the Link road between Lower Regent Street and Tabernacle Street to Market Street.
  • Market Street: one-way traffic flow in a south-easterly direction from Tabernacle Street to the junction with Bridge Street (A487)
  • Pwllcam Car Park: one-way traffic flow south-east from Cadwgan Place Entrance to Market Street Exit.

Aberaeron Public Notice implemented 24 August 2020

Maps

Aberystwyth Safe Zone Map 1 from 24 August 2020

Aberystwyth Safe Zone Map 2 from 24 August 2020

Aberystwyth Safe Zone Map 3 from 24 August 2020

Aberystwyth Safe Zone Map 4 from 24 August 2020

Changes to Aberystwyth streets

These road will be closed between 11am and 6pm daily:

  • Powell Street: from Bridge Street eastwards for approx. 2 metres
  • Gray’s Inn Road: from Bridge Street eastwards for approx. 5 metres
  • Queen Street: from Bridge Street to Chalybeate Street
  • Princess Street: from St James Square to Bridge Street
  • Upper Great Darkgate Street: from Castle Street to Bridge Street
  • King Street: from Castle Street to Pier Street
  • Pier Street: from Great Darkgate Street to Marine Terrace
  • Eastgate: from Pier Street to Baker Street
  • Baker Street: from Great Darkgate Street to Alfred Place
  • Upper Portland Street: from Baker Street to Terrace Road
  • Alfred Place: from Baker Street to Corporation Street
  • Corporation Street: from Terrace Road to Alfred Place
  • Terrace Road: from Marine Terrace to Owain Glyndwr Square
  • Bath Street: from Terrace Road eastwards for approx. 5 metres
  • Portland Street: from Terrace Road eastwards for approx. 5 metres
  • Portland Road: from Terrace Road eastwards for approx.10 metres
  • Cambrian Place: from Terrace Road to Chalybeate Street
  • Union Street: from Alexandra Road to Cambrian Place
  • Chalybeate Street: from Great Darkgate Street to Alexandra Road

These road will be closed 24 hours:

  • Market Street: from Eastgate Street to Great Darkgate Street

All parking bays, street parking and loading along the mentioned roads will be prohibited during the periods of road closure.

  • Bath Street: Street parking from crossing point at Terrace Road junction to Arad Goch Theatre.
  • Portland Street: Street parking from the crossing point at the junction with Terrace Road to first buildouts.
  • Portland Road: Loading bay.

There will be alteration to the traffic flow between 11am and 6pm daily on these streets:

  • Gray’s Inn Road: Two-way between closed section at Bridge Street to George Street
  • Powell Street: Two-way between closed section at Bridge Street to George Street
  • Portland Road: Two-way between closed section at Terrace Road to Queen's Road

Aberystwyth Public Notice implemented 24 August 2020

The A487 Trunk Road (Aberystwyth, Ceredigion) (Temporary Prohibition of Vehicles) Order 2020

Welsh Government publication of the A487 Trunk Road (Aberystwyth, Ceredigion) (Temporary Prohibition of Vehicles) Order 2020

Map

Cardigan Safe Zone Map 1 from 24 August 2020

Cardigan Safe Zone Map 2 from 24 August 2020

Changes to Cardigan streets

These roads will be closed between 11am and 4.30pm Monday to Saturdays only:

  • High Street: from the Shire Hall to the junction with College Row.
  • Pendre: from the junction with College Row to the junction with Bathhouse Road.
  • Market Lane: from the junction with High Street to junction with Middle Mwldan.
  • St. Mary Street: from the junction with High Street to the junction with Morgan Street.
  • Ebens Lane: from the junction with High Street to the junction with Middle Mwldan.
  • Chancery Lane: from the junction with High Street to the junction with St. Mary Street.
  • Pwllhai: from the junction with High Street to ‘Beauty in Motion’.
  • College Row: from the junction with High Street/Pendre to the junction with Middle Mwldan.
  • Priory Street: from Priory Court to the junction with Pendre.
  • Upper Mwldan: whole length of access road running from the back of the Guild Hall, College Row junction, to the footway on Bathhouse Road.
  • William Street: from the junction with Feidrfair to the junction with Pendre.
  • Bathhouse Road: from the Theatre junction of Bathhouse Road to the junction with Llys Owen.

All parking bays, street parking and loading along the roads mentioned above will be prohibited during the periods of road closure.

Temporary alternation to the flow of traffic 24 hours:

Bath-house Road: one-way traffic flow travelling in a south-easterly direction, from the junction with Greenfield Square to the junction with Pendre, Cardigan.

Temporary Alteration to Traffic Flow between 11am and 4.30pm Monday to Saturday only:

  • Greenfield Square: one-way traffic flow travelling in a north-easterly direction, from the junction with Middle Mwldan/College Row to junction with Greenfield Row.
  • Priory Street: two-way traffic flow travelling between the junction with Morgan Street and the point of road closure at Priory Court.

Change of use between 11am and 4.30pm Monday to Saturday only:

  • Bridge Street: left of carriageway; Disabled Parking Bay adjacent to Branwen Centre, to become a temporary Bus Stop.
  • Bridge Street: Bus Stop adjacent to the Cellar Bar and Hairdressing Salon to become Blue Badge, Disabled Parking
  • Bridge Street: right of carriageway parking bay; from the point of road closure to the Castle access road, to become Blue Badge, Disabled Parking
  • Pendre Permit Holders Only Car Park: Blue Badge, Disabled Parking Only.

Cardigan Public Notice implemented 24 August 2020

Bath-house Road Public Notice implemented from 1 October 2020

Map

New Quay Safe Zone Map 1 from 24 August 2020

Changes to New Quay streets

These roads will be closed between 11am and 6pm daily:

  • Glanmor Terrace: from the junction with the B4342 to South John Street
  • South John Street: from Glanmor Terrace to Glyn Square
  • Glyn Square: from South John Street to the junction with Wellington Street
  • Spring Gardens: from the junction with Wellington Street to the junction with High Street
  • Gomer Crescent: from the junction with Glanmor Terrace to High Terrace
  • High Terrace: from Gomer Crescent to White Street
  • White Street: from High Terrace to South John Street
  • Penwig Lane: from Spring Gardens to White Street
  • Queen Street: from the junction with Glanmor Terrace to the junction with Park Street
  • Picton Terrace: access lane from Penwig Lane to property number 6 Picton Terrace
  • Wellington Street: From the junction with Glyn Square to Rock Street Car Park entrance

The alternative route for Blue Badge Holder vehicles to access Rock Street Car Park from the A486 will be along Mason’s Square to High Street and the car park entrance. There will be no vehicle access to the harbour quay or beach during the times specified.

All parking bays, street parking and loading along the roads mentioned above will be prohibited.

Pedestrian footway one-way flow between 11am and 6pm hours daily:

  • Church Street Footway: western side of the carriageway from the junction with Mason’s Square; one-way in a north-easterly direction to the junction with High Street.
  • Church Street Footway: eastern side of the carriageway from the junction with High Street; one-way in a south-westerly direction to the junction with the A486.

New Quay Public Notice implemented 24 August 2020

A letter has been sent to all Hospitality Sector Businesses, to outline temporary measures being proposed by Ceredigion County Council to help the hospitality sector adjust, together with a questionnaire to seek the level of interest in pavement space for outdoor seating.

Letter to hospitality sector businesses

The council would appreciate your feedback.

Questionnaire to the hospitality sector businesses

Why make changes?

The measures have been introduced using emergency powers to ensure towns are safe places for our residents and visitors. With the slow easing of the lockdown in the county and with social distancing requirements still being important, it is necessary to make adjustments to the towns because of the likelihood of danger to the public. Ceredigion has prevailed extremely well in its defence against the spread of coronavirus and wishes for this success to continue for the well-being of its citizens.

What powers does the Council have to do this and how long will measures be in place?

The road closures required to facilitate the creation of safe zones are being introduced under Section 1(1) 2(1) Section 14(1b) and (3) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as amended by the Road Traffic Act (Temporary Restriction Act 1991) which allows the closure of roads for a period of up to 21 days with an option to extend for a further 21 days

When will roads be closed?

The roads will be closed between 11am and 6pm and access to vehicles will be prohibited between these times unless required for reasons of emergency. The 11am start allows time early morning for people to access shops and services and for deliveries to take place before closures come into force.

Where can I park?

Residents and visitors are advised to park away from the town centre wherever possible, with the Council managed car parks remaining free of charge until at least the end of August 2020.

Disabled parking spaces will be provided at convenient locations around each safe zone.

What should we do about deliveries?

Businesses will be expected to arrange deliveries outside these hours. However, if there are any issues, contact clic@ceredigion.gov.uk or 01545 570881.

Are there any exemptions for businesses?

Exemptions for access will be provided for the Emergency Services (including RNLI and Doctors), Care Providers and Statutory Undertakers (for emergency repairs only).

Can businesses trade outside?

Businesses will need to liaise with contact clic@ceredigion.gov.uk 01545 570881 to trade outdoors, place tables and chairs, and signage during this time.

When will bins be collected?

Residents are reminded to present their waste for collection by 8am on the usual day of collection, further detail is available here.

What do we do with litter?

The Council would ask that visitors and residents help us keep our towns and County clean by taking litter home or using the bins provided.

When will the Council be consulting?

Consultation and engagement will take place with stakeholders during the emergency closure period in relation to any further changes and future measures. Further adjustments may be made to address significant issues that are identified during this period.

Are public toilets open?

Public toilets will remain open during this time.

Who can we contact?

Contact details are clic@ceredigion.gov.uk and 01545 570881.

Further Questions and Answers

Why were these proposals introduced at short notice and without consulting residents, shop owners and general public? How can this be enforceable? 

The Council made use of emergency powers in response to the Health pandemic which do not require prior consultation.  Ideally the Council would have consulted but the pace of relaxations has only given a very short window to prepare plans for Safe Zones.  

Without implementing the traffic management measures quickly, prior to the influx of visitors over the summer period the likelihood of danger to the public would increase as social distancing would not be possible on the streets. 

Why was it announced on a Friday evening? 

An early press release was issued on 03 July. The intention was to publicise the plans for Safe Zones the following week, but all relevant information and notices were not finalised and agreed until Friday afternoon. Given the scale of the work and the importance of improving safety in our centres, a decision was made to continue with work rather than introduce them as visitors arrived at the beginning of the school holidays. 

Why has this not gone through the proper democratic process? 

Decisions relating to COVID-19 have been delegated to the Council’s Leadership Group by the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council. A record of this is available here.

Cabinet Members as well as the local MP and MS have been consulted and kept informed of the proposals throughout and have supported the creation of the Safe Zones. 

What is the legality of this? There are no signs warning of road closures and no letters through doors. 

The Council made use of emergency powers in response to the Health pandemic which do not require prior consultation. 

The road closures required to facilitate the creation of  the Safe Zones are being introduced under Section 1(1) 2(1) Section 14(1b) and (3) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as amended by the Road Traffic Act (Temporary Restriction Act 1991) which allows the closure of roads for a period of up to 21 days with an option to extend for a further 21 days.

What about the reaction of so many traders who opposed this, do their views not count? 

Ideally the Council would have consulted but the pace of relaxations has only given a very short window to prepare plans for the Safe Zones. Since introducing the plans, the council has listened to the views and have made changes. The proposals will continue to be reviewed and amended if deemed appropriate.  

What are the correct times for road closures? 

In most towns it is 11am to 6pm but some restrictions may apply 24 hours a day. Please see the notices on the Council’s web page for further details for specific streets and areas.  

Is this permanent? 

The Safe Zones have been introduced as a temporary measure to respond to the Covid19 Pandemic and in the interest of public safety. These measures have been introduced for 21 days and are likely to be extended for a further 21 days to cover most of the summer holidays, to allow longer term plans to be considered. 

We will be consulting during this period to decide whether to keep the Safe Zones in place beyond this period and in what form. Any extended use will be based on feedback and an analysis of their impact.  

What’s the legal status of Great Darkgate Street’s closure? As it’s a trunk road? 

Welsh Government has responsibility for Great Darkgate Street through the North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agency (NMWTRA) and both have been consulted on the plans for Safe Zones and have issued their own notice.

Could it not be trialled for a week or two before surveying shoppers, visitors, and businesses to see if it is having a positive or detrimental effect on the town? 

The Council will consider feedback received whilst emergency powers are in place. This will help inform adjustments to the measures that have been introduced and whether Safe Zones are retained after the 42 days allowed under the emergency powers.  Consultation would be required to retain measures beyond this period.  

Why are road closures necessary when there aren’t many pedestrians? 

With the slow easing of the lockdown in the county it is necessary to establish Safe Zones because of the likelihood of danger to the public as people return to shop and we have an influx of visitors for the summer holidays which would mean that social distancing would not be possible on narrow footways.

Roads are closed to make more space for pedestrians but then cafes/pubs are being encouraged to have more outdoor seating on the roads/pavements. 

Closing the roads provides more space for pedestrians to social distance. The introduction of the outdoor seating will only be allowed where they don’t significantly impede safe social distancing. The approach will enable shops and services to trade, especially where they can only legally and viably trade outdoors whilst protecting the public.  

If I want to put tables and chairs outside my shop who do I speak to? 

Businesses will need to liaise with Contact Centre  clic@ceredigion.gov.uk or 01545 570881 to trade outdoors, place tables and chairs, and signage during this time. Licensing officers will get in touch and may visit so that you can do this as quickly and safely as possible. However, priority will be given to pedestrians if space is limited. 

Is trading on the pavement restricted to hospitality businesses or can other businesses also display their products outside their shop? 

No, however businesses will need to liaise with Contact Centre clic@ceredigion.gov.uk 01545 570881 to trade outdoors, place tables and chairs, and signage during this time. Licensing officers will get in touch and may visit so that you can do this as quickly and safely as possible. However, priority will be given to pedestrians if space is limited. 

Can businesses outside the Safe Zone also get a licence to trade outdoors? 

Yes – however an assessment will need to be done to check that there is sufficient space for this and there is no risk to public safety.  

Businesses will need to liaise with Contact Centre clic@ceredigion.gov.uk 01545 570881 to trade outdoors, place tables and chairs, and signage during this time. Licensing officers will get in touch and may visit so that you can do this as quickly and safely as possible.  

Will temporary structures such as Gazebos and Marquees be permitted? 

Yes, providing they do not cause an obstruction to the movement of pedestrians and you should liaise with the council first before going ahead with ordering these structures. 

How are people in the now pedestrianised area going to be policed to ensure they maintain 2m distancing? 

It is virtually impossible to police social distancing, however the council will be installing signs to remind pedestrians on the need to social distance and it is each individual’s responsibility to follow recommended Welsh Government guidelines 

The spaces inside the shops is more confined than the street. Why do we need more space outside? 

Shops will be restricted to the number of customers at any one time depending on their size and measures can be put in place to queue outside. It is not possible to manage and restrict number of people coming to our towns in the same way.  Safe Zones will help people visit towns, shops and services safely.  

Why can’t shops increase trading hours to reduce peak time pedestrians? 

Whether shops stay open longer will be a decision for individual retail businesses to make.  

Will I be able to drive into the Safe Zones to go to the chemist to pick up prescriptions? 

You will be able to drive into town as normal before 11am or after 6pm. Within these hours people must park outside the zones and walk to the chemist. Disabled parking bays have been designated nearby to provide some access. If access is difficult then chemists are usually able to assist with delivery.  All Council car parks will be available free of charge. 

Deliveries

How do businesses accept deliveries? 

Businesses are encouraged to arrange for deliveries outside the times that road closures are in place. This will help ensure people using the street to walk around the town feel safe.  

However, where this is not possible, deliveries can be made between the hours of 11am and 6pm for official delivery vans and small lorries only. A 5mph restriction will be in place. We are hopeful that businesses and shops adapt by making changes to the way they operate to help make this work. 

How do residents receive parcel deliveries? 

As above, where possible deliveries should be arranged for before 11am or after 6pm. However, where this is not possible delivery vans or lorries will be able to access part of the town. A 5mph restriction will be in place.  

Wherever possible resident should try make use of lockers and drop off points offered by online traders to help reduce traffic through the safe zone. 

How am I going to have Tesco deliveries when my street is closed? 

Residents should arrange for deliveries outside the road closure times wherever possible. 

Are there any tradesman’s access routes through the towns to carry out maintenance to properties within the safe zone? 

We’d encourage appointments before 11am but may allow access in emergencies for trade vans but only to drop off / pick up. 

Public Transport / Car Parking / Cycling 

What's happening with public transport? Will the buses still be running? 

Buses are still operating but will be running at reduced capacity due to the social distancing requirements and detours will be made to avoid roads that are closed. 

Can Taxi firms get access to the closed zones? 

No.

Will there be free parking in the Council Offices car park? 

All public car parks will be free during this period. The car park at Penmorfa in Aberaeron is also available to park if the town is busy.  

Where are residents living in this area meant to park? 

It is advisable for residents to look at the notices to view any specific restrictions that apply to parking in streets near to where they live. Subject to details, residents may be able to leave their cars where they have parked but they will not be able to move them between 11am and 6pm.  

Where residents drive regularly throughout the day it is advisable to use public car parks during this period. All the council car parks are free for use by residents. 

If you're living in the exclusion zone, are you allowed to bring your car in and out? 

No, you will only be permitted to move your car before 11am and after 6pm.

Will residents affected by the street closures be sent free parking permits instead? 

No, residents will not need free parking permits as all council car parks are free.

What will penalties be for having a parked car outside your property in the designated zone for the duration of the pedestrian zone? 

Parking in some areas is allowed. Penalties will apply where restrictions apply as set out in the notices. 

Are cyclists allowed to ride their bikes in the Safe Zones? 

No, cyclists should dismount when entering the Safe Zones as pedestrians will be walking in the streets. 

Disability Issues 

How will disabled people access the towns? 

Everyone can access the Safe Zones before 11am and after 6pm. Disabled parking is also available close to the areas where roads are closed. These are identified on the town maps.  

Is the Council breaking the law by not giving access to those with disability or mobility needs? 

No. The Safe Zones have been introduced in accordance with emergency powers above. 

Who to Contact? 

Who to contact to discuss road closure? 

Ceredigion Clic Customer Service is the first point of contact and they will refer the query to relevant officers if they can’t resolve the query 

01545 570881 or online.

Aberaeron 

Is Quay Parade closed 24hrs? 

Yes.

With Cadwgan place and Drury Lane closed, how do residents access garages?

Residents will be able to access garages. Barriers have been placed so that they allow access. 

Can you turn off the one-way system to your house? Just wondering how to get to Queen street? 

Yes, but you have to enter the one-way system via Regent Street.

Will visitors be able to park at the school through the holidays and Penmorfa? 

Yes, if space is not available in town or nearby people are free to use Penmorfa car park during the emergency period.  

How will the people who live near the Harbourmaster or disabled people who want to go there, get access? 

There are currently no disabled spaces in the area affected around Quay Parade and Cadwgan Place. It has always been on a first come first serve basis. There is disabled parking available in Regent Street car park. And of course, to access both chemists, there will be spaces available outside London House.  

We have big problems in water street, to turn to Peniel lane as it is  

Bollards/cones will have to put out to protect the access. 

A lot of these changes are for the benefit of one business. 

All the changes have been introduced as a matter of public safety, and it is not a matter of supporting any particular business. 

Are any public toilets open for use? 

The main Council public toilets will be open as normal.

Aberystwyth

Where is the access to Market Hall for deliveries? 

Delivery access to the Market hall is from St James’s Square.

Why is Victoria Terrace being closed 24 hrs a day? 

This area has been closed on 24 hours a day basis to provide space for outdoor trading, spreading outlets along the length of the promenade that will help reduce the number of people gathering in certain areas. 

With the Car parks outside the town, will a Park and Ride service be re-introduced? 

No.  

Are the Red private car parks Free? 

Some are free but with a restricted time limit, while others are all day pay and display parking.  All council owned parking is free.

What about the car park opposite the fire station? It’s been fenced off and is left empty. 

This is in private ownership and outside of the control of the Council.

Where do motorcycles park on the weekends? 

The regular motorcycle parking will be available on the promenade. If this is full motorbikes should park in spaces on the road or in nearby car parks.  

Will there be more signage as it is difficult to drive around town? 

Visitors to the town are encouraged to park outside the town and walk in. This will reduce congestion, traffic and parking issues around the promenade area. More signage is also being put up to direct drivers to the parking areas outside the town and to help direct drivers towards the way out from the promenade area. 

Cardigan 

Why was this sprung on us at a time when we’re all getting ready to get back to business? 

The pace of relaxations has only given a very short window to prepare plans. 

What was the reason behind turning a narrow road with no pavement into the main road and sending all the buses and lorries down it? 

This is a temporary arrangement that is necessary to re-direct traffic away from the main shopping area in order to make it safer as the number of visitors increase.   

If pavements are to be decluttered why are we now encouraging table & chairs onto the pavement? 

Clutter on pavements has been a longstanding issue, however the introduction of the outdoor seating is aimed at making the town centres more attractive and thereby encourage more people to visit.  

The key purpose is to help protect the public. The introduction of the outdoor seating will only be allowed where they don’t significant impede safe social distancing. The approach will enable shops and services to trade, especially where they can only trade outdoors whilst protecting the public. 

Will parking permit holders be reimbursed if they use Pendre car park for disabled parking? 

Yes, and they will be able to make use of the free council car parks.

How do you gain access to Chancery Lane, Cardigan? 

Access to Chancery Lane before 11am and after 6pm is allowed. Within those hours only trade access for deliveries or pick will be allowed.  

New Quay 

Will Boat launching be permitted? 

Boat launching will be permitted as long as the appropriate fees and rules and regulations in place within the harbour are followed. 

Will the elderly, frail and disabled Post Office customers to get vehicular access? 

People may access services as normal prior to 11am. Disabled parking and a pick-up / drop area has been designated in the Rock Street car park nearby. 

How are the elderly and disabled expected to manage walking up the steep hill? 

Additional disabled parking is being introduced in the Rock Street car park.

Traffic will be increased on Park Street and Hill Street. How will social distancing be achieved on these streets? 

There is generally less pedestrian usage of these streets than the ones that are closed between 11am and 6pm, and pedestrians are asked to ensure social distancing is achieved as would normally be the case.

Consultation

The Council is keen to listen to views from all stakeholders, and between 31st July and 10th August we consulted on the creation of the safe zones. The consultation feedback report is available here:
Safe Zones Consultation
 
During the Autumn, we will also launch a wider engagement and consultation exercise to review the impact of the safe zones, and to consider views about introducing safe zones in towns in the future.”