Marlow starts to open up for business again…

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Marlow shops have started to re-open for business today, following the latest rulers for “non essential shops”!

We had a walk around, and it was good to some businesses back in action, albeit in a different way. One way systems, distancing signs, sanitisers, masks and so on are being employed to different degrees.

Larger shops like WH Smiths, Arlo & Jacob and Mountain Warehouse are open, plus smaller independent ones like the shops in our photos below, which are just a selection!

We are happy to be able to support our fave shops again 🙂

Updates from Marlow Town Council too…

This week the Council, in cooperation with Transport for Bucks, will install additional pedestrian crossing points as well as ‘20 is Plenty’ signage throughout the centre of town to encourage drivers to slow down.

As shops start to reopen, a number of other steps are planned for the High Street. Richard Scott, Town Mayor, said: “We want Marlow to open with the maximum safety precautions in place, and we’re hoping these measures will encourage people to visit the town and use its facilities again.”

In addition, the Council has permission to suspend two parking bays in the High Street for two new bike racks and is exploring funding sources for these with Buckinghamshire Council (BC).

In response to guidance from BC regarding pavements that are too narrow for safe social distancing — particularly relevant in a Victorian town like Marlow — two parking bays at the bottom of the High Street have been suspended so that pedestrians can pass at a safe distance. Permanent barriers will be installed this week.

The guidance from BC also suggests that a one-way flow for pedestrians should be considered in towns with narrow pavements. Marlow implemented its one-way system around two weeks ago, and Buckinghamshire Council is providing more signage in the town this week to ensure that instructions are clear.

Full guidance is available here https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/community-hub/re-opening-our-town-centres-and-high-streets/

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