Saltney residents living on the Flintshire side have been given a ‘raw deal’ in the new Flintshire local lockdown.
That’s the view of the town’s councillor Veronica Gay, who said that the new rules which stipulate that households in Flintshire are not able to leave the county without a ‘reasonable excuse’ are causing confusion and a lot of frustration.
A number of residents have taken to social media to say they are unsure of if the new rules apply to them, especially residents of Boundary Lane, where one side is in Flintshire and the other is in Cheshire.
And since the majority of Saltney residents heavily rely on travelling to Chester for everyday errands, like using the post office or the bank, Cllr Gay feels that residents on the Flintshire side are at a real disadvantage.
“It really does highlight border issues,” she said. “This has caused a lot of confusion.
“There are so many things that people on the Flintshire side rely heavily on Chester for because we simply don’t have the facilities.
“Day to day people don’t really care if the area they live in is classed as England or Wales but in situations like this it becomes an issue.
And she also expressed concern for local businesses who will be affected by the local lockdown, such as pubs, who will now lose out on custom.
“Saltney doesn’t have a great deal of social places but we have four pubs, and staff have worked so hard to adapt to the social distancing measures. These could be more facilities that we could lose the longer this goes on,” added Cllr Gay.
“My view is that Welsh Saltney residents have always had a raw deal, and I really feel for them, it is very frustrating,” she said.
What are the rules for people living in Saltney as Flintshire enters local lockdown?
The new lockdown restrictions come into force at 6pm on Thursday, 1 October 2020 and are as following:
- people will not be allowed to enter or leave the Flintshire County Council area without a reasonable excuse
- people will no longer be able to form, or be in, an extended household (sometimes called a “bubble”)
- this means meeting indoors with anyone who is not part of your household (people you live with) is not allowed at the moment, unless you have a good reason, such as providing care to a vulnerable person
- all licensed premises have to stop serving alcohol at 10pm
- people must work from home wherever possible
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* The restrictions are being introduced following a sharp and rapid increase in the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Flintshire area.
* You can leave the area if you have a “reasonable excuse” to do so – this includes going to work where you cannot work from home, or using public services that are not available locally. It also includes leaving your local area to visit family or close friends on compassionate grounds if necessary.
* If you live in Flintshire but the closest shops to you are in Cheshire, you are able to buy essential items if you can’t reasonably be expected to do this inside the area or get them delivered.
* If you live just outside Flintshire but the nearest shops and other facilities to me are inside Flintshire, you can use them for essential items if there is no reasonable alternative.
* You are able to get essential goods from outside your area if you can’t reasonably be expected to do this within the area or get them delivered. But in other cases you must stay within the area. Travelling outside of Flintshire to go to a clothes shop, for example, is not allowed.