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Stroud told to get social and Shop Local

Stroud District Council has launched a Shop Local campaign - and wants people to spread the word about their favourite places in the area.

From Nailsworth to Stroud, Stonehouse to Dursley, Wotton-under-Edge and every village shop and cafe in between, the council is calling on shoppers to tag stores and traders on social media.

The council is asking people to support their favourite places by using #ShopLocal or localising the hashtag - #ShopDursley for example - on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, as well as sharing council posts.

Council leader Councillor Doina Cornell said: "Together we can help our town centres thrive again.

"It's really important that we shop and trade safely and support businesses which are the lifeblood of the communities we live and work in.

"If you have a favourite shop or eating out spot, or know of a business going the extra mile, do let us know about it on our social media channels."

The reintroduction of car parking charges in Stroud town centre has been delayed until July 21 to support traders and shoppers with a range of parking changes suggested by Stroud Town Council and Stroud & District Chamber of Trade being adopted.

Extra efforts have been made to reopen public toilets across the district, with an enhanced cleaning regime, while the district council has helped Stroud Town Council to implement a temporary pedestrian scheme.

Green group leader Councillor Martin Whiteside said: "Please walk or cycle to the high street rather than use a car or public transport, if you can.

"It's better for the environment and reduces demand on car parking spaces and on public transport.

"We have some brilliant and innovative businesses across our district and we want them to be able to survive and thrive."

Liberal Democrat group leader Councillor Ken Tucker urged everyone to observe the two-metre social distancing rule.

He said: "It is so important to keep your distance and stay two metres apart wherever possible. By keeping your distance you are protecting yourself and others.

"Please at this time, only use public transport if you have no other option to visit high streets, and you must observe the rules on face coverings."

The Shop Local campaign is run by Stroud District Council and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Government's Reopening of High Streets Fund.

Conservative group leader Stephen Davies added: "This has and continues to be a tough time for so many people in our district - all we ask is that shoppers support their local high streets whenever they can, by staying safe and following the guidelines."

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