Remaining green spaces in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Honiton and Seaton to reopen

Green public spaces in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Honiton and Seaton – which have been shut as part of the coronavirus lockdown – will reopen tomorrow (Wednesday, May 13).

The seven sites remained off-limits when restrictions on East Devon’s parks were lifted in late April.

But this decision has now been reviewed after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new measures for exercise on Sunday.

District council bosses say strict social distancing measures must be followed.

Jacob’s Ladder in Sidmouth will remain closed along will all play parks, skate parks and outdoor gyms.

The East Devon sites which will reopen tomorrow are:

  • Manor Gardens, Exmouth;
  • Gunfield Gardens – Exmouth;
  • Queen’s Drive Space – Exmouth;
  • The Glen – Honiton;
  • Connaught Gardens – Sidmouth;
  • Blackmore Gardens – Sidmouth;
  • Seafield Gardens – Seaton.

The areas had been closed as they were deemed to be small, enclosed and with narrow access, poor sight lines or restricted access points.

Councillor Geoff Jung, portfolio for environment, said: “We have carried out rigorous assessments of the gardens and, based on the latest government announcements, we believe we can safely reopen them.

“Social distancing signs will be in place and we will remind the public to observe these measures.

“We thank everyone for complying with the social distance measures so far and ask them to please carry on behaving sensibly.”

East Devon’s beaches and nature reserves have remained open throughout the lockdown.

The district council says it is working through the newly-released Covid-19 secure guidance from the Government which it received late on Monday, May 11.

It is using the information to review the opening  ‘a limited number’ of public toilets and a decision will be ‘made soon’, says the authority.

More guidance on what people should do when accessing East Devon parks can be found here.

‘Majority’ of East Devon parks to reopen – but some sites in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Honiton and Seaton will remain off-limits

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