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Pedestrian zones in Prescot created to help business reopen safely

by Jonathan Kearney

As part of the Council’s plans to support the reopening of the Borough’s town centres, a proposal to pedestrianise part of Prescot town centre will be introduced.

Prescot town centre had an expanding night-time economy established prior to the Covid19 pandemic, following a flurry of new bars and restaurants opening in the town.

Government guidance forced these businesses to close for over three months, but now lockdown restrictions are being gradually lifted, meaning pubs, bars and restaurants can once again open, with social distancing measures in place.

To support social distancing, creating a pedestrian zone along Eccleston Street will enable businesses to offer an al fresco and pavement café style dining supporting local businesses to reopen safely from Saturday 4 July. It would also offer flexibility for events to be hosted on Eccleston Street.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “It’s really important that we support our hospitality sector to be able to reopen safely. Prescot has a thriving night-time economy so ensuring businesses here can open safely is something that we fully support and by creating a pedestrian zone, it offers greater flexibility for businesses to be able to expand their premises outdoors.”

The introduction temporary and experimental measures will mean an extension to the existing access restrictions to Eccleston Street so that all vehicles (including pedal cycles) would be prohibited from entering or proceeding along Eccleston Street between 10am and 12 midnight and;

The prohibition of vehicle access at Leyland Street from its junction with Eccleston Street in a northerly direction for a distance of 22 metres, up to the existing gate.

The new restrictions will be introduced from Saturday 4 July and will be reviewed after six months. The local community will be fully consulted on these proposals over the coming weeks.