THE ‘safe zone’ in Cardigan is to be extended for another three weeks.

Safe zones were imposed in four Ceredigion towns - Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Cardigan and New Quay - three weeks ago by the county council and that has now been extended for another 21 days.

And the council is now looking to consult over the idea of further extending the possibility of implementing such zones for up to 18 months. 

A county council spokesperson said: “The purpose of the safe zone is to create a space where people can walk around safely and confidently and are able to enjoy what our towns have to offer.

“The four towns have been busy with the population of Ceredigion doubling with visitors coinciding with the start of the school holidays.

“The safe zones have provided space to ensure that social distancing can be maintained in these towns. Businesses have taken the opportunity to create outdoor space for people to enjoy.

“Visitors can take advantage of the free parking at designated car parks and the time to enjoy and support local businesses.

“We thank all those who have been in touch with their views and comments on the safe zones. Following feedback, some changes have been made where appropriate.

“The first 21 days of these four safe zones have been extended a further 21 days from midnight, August 2. Consideration is being given to extending these safe zones further.

“Safe zones in other towns within the county are being looked into on a smaller scale.

"Based on the continued review of all relevant data, including public health, actual and projected visitor numbers, it is intended to apply for a new traffic order. This will enable road closures to be implemented for an 18-month period from August 24. 
"However, the view is that the safe zones will need to be in place until mid-to-late October.
"The council are keen to hear views of residents, businesses and visitors as the implementation of the safe zones continues. The views will be considered as the council reviews the operation of the safe zones during the coming weeks. 
"A wider engagement and consultation exercise will be launched during the autumn. This will review the impact of the safe zones and consider views about introducing safe zones in towns in the future."
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