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26/6/2020

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With the great news that many more businesses are allowed to open from 4 July, Wokingham Borough Council continues to work with its towns and villages to keep the main shopping areas of Wokingham town centre, Woodley and Twyford safe.

Cllr Pauline Jorgensen, executive member for highways and transport, said: “It’s been lovely seeing people come back into our centres, and feedback from local businesses across the borough has been very positive. Residents really want to support our local traders and it’s important that we create the safe spaces they need to do so.

“Our ongoing discussions with Woodley and Twyford don’t show a need for changes to the roads or footways yet but we are continuing to work with them closely to keep this under review. In Wokingham town centre we have already started making changes to the layout in response to feedback from residents and businesses and will be introducing new measures as well.”

Following on from the success of our original business questionnaire Wokingham Borough Council has launched a new survey targeted directly at businesses in the hospitality sector as this sector’s needs will be very different from other shops and businesses. We encourage businesses to complete it as it will help the Council provide support to reopen from 4 July.

The hospitality reopening survey can be accessed at – https://cutt.ly/3ifa91C

The Public Protection Partnership for Wokingham Borough is also holding a webinar on Tuesday 30 June from 10 to 11am to help the hospitality sector get ready to re-open. For businesses that would like to attend, email licensing@wokingham.gov.uk with ‘webinar’ in the subject line and include the name of the business and contact details.

The council is continuing to monitor the changes and work with residents and business owners alike to make sure the changes make our town centres as safe as possible.

Cllr Jorgensen continued: “When it comes to implementing such a major package of support changes it’s inevitable that not everything will work perfectly first time, or that it will make every resident or business owner happy. We continue to review our plans, listen to feedback and make sure they work as best as they can, especially as we adapt to changing government restrictions as lockdown relaxes.”

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