Temporary measures to enable safe and appropriate access to and around local town centres

Work will shortly start on the introduction of temporary measures to enable safe and appropriate access in and around East Lothian town centres in line with current government guidance.

The measures are focused on protecting public health, supporting social distancing and preventing a second wave of the outbreak.

It's important to emphasise that these are temporary measures and will remain under review

Cllr. Norman Hampshire, Enivironment Spokesperson

Environment spokesperson, Cllr Norman Hampshire, said: “Spaces for People funding has been made available to local authorities to deal with the outcome of the covid-19 pandemic and specifically to assist people as restrictions of movement are gradually eased. These temporary measures are designed to assist the public in maintaining physical distancing, enhance safer movement and access and to promote areas for safe exercise.”

“In response to our consultation on this we received nearly 3,000 contributions with over 750 detailed comments from across the county and we are hoping to implement as many as feasible. Given the requirements to take exercise close to home there has been a huge increase in cycling locally. Many comments received sought opportunities to continue cycling and some changes being made to roads will see the creation of circular cycle routes of 3-5km in each town which can be used by novice cyclists building up confidence to cycle in traffic.”

“Each of the county’s six main towns will see measures introduced but it’s important to emphasise that these are temporary and will remain under review."

You can read more about the temporary measures for each town and view the current plans.

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Published: Friday, 3rd July 2020