RESTRICTIONS being imposed in Ruthin because of the Covid-19 outbreak could have long-term benefits, according to the town’s Mayor.

Last week Denbighshire County Council announced that it had received almost £1m in funding to improve active travel and safe social distancing in the town centres of Rhyl, Llangollen, Denbigh and Ruthin.

The aims include the introduction of temporary one-way traffic systems to create more space for pedestrians and improve safe access to services.

Town councils are currently in discussion with the county council and local communities about the various measures and in his latest fortnightly news bulletin Ruthin’s Mayor Cllr Gavin Harris says: “Our narrow streets and pavements prove difficult for many people, either as pedestrians, pushing buggies or those with accessibility vehicles, and it will be a welcome step to see improvements that will enhance safety and allow people to social distance when passing in the town centre.

“As the proposals are based on moveable temporary elements it will be possible to review, adjust and tweak any changes if required to achieve the best outcome."

“This is also an opportunity for the temporary changes to be evaluated and to inform any more permanent improvements that can be made in line with the ambitions of the community through the Ruthin Future initiative to see the town centre and Square to be made more accessible and a vibrant place to visit.”