Hampshire County Council planners have shared draft plans for possible road layouts that would allow for social distancing in Petersfield town centre.

As we reported in the Morning Report earlier this week, the plans show barriers in several roads between pedestrians and traffic, a loss of free parking on the High Street, in the Square and on Lavant Street.

The draft proposals include making the 48-space Castle Yard car park, opposite the telephone exchange on Swan Street, free of charge for one hour at a time.

We have yet to receive confirmation from Hampshire County Council that these plans are approved and will be implemented, however, signs have already appeared on the High Street warning of parking restrictions for the installation of barriers.

Councillor Rob Mocatta has promised us an interview which we will share in our daily Morning Report and we hope to also share the views of Petersfield shopkeepers who have privately expressed fears the town could look “like a war zone” with all the barriers.

See the draft plans

Here’s what the draft plans show. Click to go large.

Restrictions around the Lloyds, HSBC and Nationwide banking corner
Parking suspended in the Square and on the High Street
Barriers all along Lavant Street on one side and parking banned
Signed diversions encourage you to use alternative parking

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Signs of our times

Under the proposals, yellow signs like this will help you find your way to the alternative free parking.

The arrows take you to Castle Yard, on Swan Street, where free spaces will be made available

Pedestrians and drivers will be alerted to the new arrangements and social distancing rules with red signs like these.