The Salthouse car park on Clevedon seafront has closed today (Thursday) following concerns raised by local councillors.
Signs have been put up directing people to the car park at Strode Road leisure centre instead.
Clevedon has seen a big increase in the number of visitors to the town following the Government’s relaxation of the lockdown restrictions.
This has led to problems with people being able to observe social distancing, particularly in the Salthouse Fields and Marine Lake area.
Councillors in Clevedon believe closing the car park will discourage visitors and help improve social distancing in the area.
As a result, North Somerset Council has agreed to a trial closure of the car park and will monitor the impact this has on nearby residential streets.
We have been urging people not to visit North Somerset at this time, but unfortunately places like Clevedon have seen large numbers of visitors which has led to issues around social distancing.
If people are going to continue to come despite our requests to stay away we need to make it as safe as possible for everyone, residents and visitors.
We are responding to requests from local district and town councillors to close the car park. We will monitor the impact closing it has on residential areas near to the seafront and review the closure if necessary.Cllr Mark Canniford, the council’s executive member for parking
In other measures signs have gone up on Clevedon seafront reminding people to keep two metres apart and the car parking spaces along The Beach have been closed to create more space for walkers and cyclists.