“If the town is to comply safely with social distancing, whereby people have to keep two metres apart and queue up outside shops until they are let in, the council need to ensure that the footpath is a safe place to use.”
A spokesperson for Caerphilly County Borough Council said council officers had met with the three Blackwood councillors, as well as Blackwood Town Council, to discuss placing outdoor cafe seating and a widened pedestrian walkway in parts of the high street to discourage pavement parking.
The spokesperson said: “The proposals have been supported by the three local members, town council clerk and traders.
“This proposal will also help to reduce pavement parking in the town and this was communicated to the councillors when council officers presented the proposals to them.”
The original accompanying image to this article depicted a car on a pavement in Blackwood. This was sent to us by a reader and used in good faith. It has since come to our attention that this image was not an example of ‘bad parking’ but the result of a driver leaving their handbrake off and their car rolling.
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