St Jude Councillor Hugh Mason & campaigners Tracy McClure & Martin Northern excited to make use of new street space created to help local businesses serve more customers safely during the COVID crisis.
Initially born from an idea submitted by independent traders, the scheme has been developed following feedback from businesses and residents, with a majority of respondents supporting the proposals. As a result of this idea and that engagement, bollards have been installed outside Meat & Barrel in Palmerston Road South to restrict motor vehicle access and turn that space over for use by restaurants and to more easily allow social distancing (except for deliveries before 11 am).
Some hospitality businesses are struggling to survive with the current COVID situation, in addition, there are areas with high footfall where it becomes harder for customers to maintain social distancing. I'm pleased we've been able to put these temporary adjustments in place and help hungry customers make full use of the 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme and support local independent businesses. - Councillor Steve Pitt, Deputy Leader, Portsmouth City Council.
This work has been funded by the Re-Opening High Streets Safely Fund from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). While the scheme is temporary, the council will be monitoring the situation on a monthly basis. Residents and business can voice any concerns to the Business Support Team on 023 9284 1641.