New look to make Oldham safer as lockdown eases

There's a new look to Oldham town centre - including additional signs, street markings and temporary barriers in place - to make it safer as lockdown continues to ease.

The council say it is working to ensure the town centre, district centres and public spaces are safe and welcoming. 

Among the other changes will be street furniture being moved to help people move around. 

Councillor Sean Fielding, Leader of Oldham Council, said: "We want people to visit our high streets once again to help kick-start the local economy, get people back to work and customers back to the shops. 

"But it's really important they are safe in the knowledge that they can do so while social distancing and protecting themselves and others. 

"This means we are all going to have to make changes to our daily routines including the way we travel, visit shops and carry out business. 

"Over the coming weeks and months, you’ll also see physical changes across the borough so we all have more space and feel safe."

The council say it has also been helping businesses and market traders get ready for when they can begin trading safely - in line with the government's guidance on being COVID secure before opening again. 

The authority will be given up to £500,000 by the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and £210,000 from the European Regional Development Fund project 'Reopening the High Street Safely' to put measures in place for pedestrians and cyclists to have more space and feel safer when travelling. 

People can find more information and updates at www.oldham.gov.uk/safecentres

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