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Scarborough Council Leader Plans Borough Comeback

Scarborough Council Leader Plans Borough Comeback

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 3:31pm 23rd June 2020. (Updated at 8:01am 26th June 2020)

Scarborough Council’s leader has urged people to support local businesses, as lockdown restrictions are set to be eased next month.

Cllr Steve Siddons said that the borough cannot “let our guard down”, but that the council is planning on how it can extend the summer season.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced today that pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers can open from July 4in England, when social distancing rules will be eased.

People will be told they should remain 2m apart where possible, but a “one metre plus” rule will be introduced. Two households in England will also be able to meet indoors and stay overnight – with social distancing.

Cllr Siddons said the borough was now preparing for its “comeback”.

He said:

“The borough is built on our ability to welcome people from all over the country. That is why we are the second most popular tourist destination after London.

However, the changes announced this lunchtime by the Prime Minister do not mean that we can let our guard down.

We must continue to be vigilant and remain so, maintaining the new one metre plus rule.

The council has introduced wider pavements in busy areas and one way systems to allow for safe social distancing. We are using Street Ambassadors throughout the borough to assist the public where potential bottlenecks occur.

The public are already used to the new normal that means queuing and using contactless to pay for goods wherever possible. All these measures will continue to help keep people safe.

Our businesses have suffered greatly during the lockdown but now have a chance to salvage some of the remaining season ensuring their long-term viability and saving jobs.

The council is already planning how we can do more to extend the season and I hope to be able to announce new initiative’s as the summer progresses.

Let’s not forget those local traders who kept working to provide a service for us during the lockdown.

Keep supporting them They need your support now more than ever. Traders, public and business owners must continue to remain on their guard. This virus is not over yet.

Let’s make the comeback greater than the setback.”

Steve has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Jon Burke:

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yorkshireboy, on 24th June 2020 9:06am
EY Buses say they are waiting for you to tell them when the Park and Ride buses can start again.

In order to try and keep cars away from the town surely the sooner the better, or do we have to wait for meeting after meeting before a decision is taken.

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