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Guildford Borough Council issues statement over closure of countryside car parks

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Guildford Borough Council issues statement over closure of countryside car parks

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:00am 25th April 2020.

Guildford Borough Council has issued a statement defending the decision to close countryside car parks.

Parks and countryside areas across the borough remain open for those wanting to undertake their daily exercise, but people are being reminded to stay local where possible and avoid traveling unnecessarily.

The council added that residents had been following the government social distancing lockdown rules to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Caroline Reeves said:

“We understand that some residents disagree with our decision to close our countryside car parks while our parks and countryside remains open.

“General government guidance (which applies to town centres, cities and rural areas) is advising us to stay local and use open spaces near to our homes where possible and not travel unnecessarily.

“We take our role as community leaders very seriously and during an emergency situation we must do what is best for all of our residents while following the lead of our multi-agency partners in the Local Resilience Forum (LRF)."

The council has shared a series of maps to allow those taking their daily exercise to find “new areas that are walkable from your house” and provide a chance to explore the borough.

Cllr Reeves added:

“We were one of the last councils in Surrey to close our car parks and we took this decision to help with social distancing, to minimise the spread of coronavirus by those driving into the borough to walk and reduce potential impact on other services such as the Police who have to engage, educate and explain the guidance or may have to deal with emergency car break downs or accidents.

“As a local authority committed to ensuring as many of our borough stay as safe and healthy through the pandemic as possible, we are proud of how our residents are following the government guidance during lockdown to stay home to reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.”