Public views sought on temporary road changes

Published Wednesday 22 July 2020

Residents and businesses are being invited to share their views on temporary road changes put in place as part of the reopening of shops in the Harborough district.

Harborough District Council, with agreement from Leicestershire County Council, has put measures in place to encourage social distancing as shoppers return to the high street following the Government’s easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

These have included some road closures and alterations in retail areas in the district. Other measures put in place in town centres have included ‘Highstreet Helpers’ wearing high-visibility vests, public hand sanitiser stations, and street markings to show people where to queue.

Church Street, Market Harborough

Cllr Phil King, Leader of Harborough District Council said: “We’ve introduced measures which have been in place now for a number of weeks and we would like people’s views on what they feel is working and what perhaps isn’t working. This feedback, along with footfall counters and other data, can ensure any temporary measures are based on evidence as well as compliance with Government policy to combat the virus.”

Current temporary road changes in place are:

Market Harborough

  • Closure to traffic of Adam and Eve Street between St Mary’s Road and the junction with Factory Lane (i.e. the access road next to Harborough Theatre) and the suspension of the on-street parking.
  • Introduction of two-way traffic along the section of Church Square running from the junction with Roman Way to Factory Lane and the suspension of the on-street parking along this section of Church Square. Blue Badge parking bays remain.
  • Closure of Church Street between High Street and Church Square and suspension of on-street parking. No access from King’s Road on to Church Street.
  • Suspension of on-street parking on parts of High Street and Coventry Road.


  • Suspension of on-street parking on Church St to enable social distancing and safe queueing.

Kibworth Beauchamp

  • Suspension of on-street parking on part of High Street up to Blue Badge parking bay which remains.


  • Introduction of advisory 20mph speed limit on High Street.

Broughton Astley

  • Introduction of a small one-way system – travelling north up Main Street and then east and south down Green Street.

All road changes are continuing to be regularly monitored and reviewed.

This survey is now closed