Tuesday, 24 Nov 2020

Life on UK street where different sides of road have different lockdown rules

Neighbours on a village street split into two Covid-19 alert levels say the rules are "stupid".

Homes in Portland Road, Langwith, come under Nottinghamshire on one side and Derbyshire on the other.

Notts. is under 'Tier 2' lockdown rules while Derbys. is on the less strict 'Tier 1'.

It means one side can freely enter other peoples' homes and meet in nearby pubs while their neighbours opposite can't.

But the residents don't reckon the rules will be followed and say the separation is "stupid", NottinghamshireLive reports.

Dawn Wakeling, 50, lives on the Derbyshire side of the street and says the area is "one village".

"It doesn't event matter where the border is, we all class ourselves as one village.

"Luckily the shops are on the Derbyshire side of the village so for me that's okay, and it's fine unless people want to go over to Warsop or Worksop.

"I've got parents over on the Notts side and I'm still going to see them."

Alvery Panter, 54, lives on the Nottinghamshire side of the street.

She said: "It is really confusing, but people can't do anything about it.

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"There are no shops on this side so we have to go over to the Derbyshire side."

Sophie Bray, 23, recently bought a house on the Nottinghamshire side and says she too thinks it is "confusing".

"I have noticed more people on the street wearing masks and it is not as casual as it once was before.

"I imagine it's very confusing for people with kids in terms of their childcare, because you don't fully know what rules are in place and in what part of the village."

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Elsewhere in the village and other people too think the division makes no sense.

Darren Neville, 59, lives further into Langwith in the Derbyshire side and says he "can't understand" why the village has been divided.

"It just doesn't really make sense why you'd have the same street under two different councils and counties," he said.

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"I hadn't even realised this until just now. I can't understand at all why that's happened, it just adds to the problems for people on the street.

"I know of a lot of families who live around here and on opposite sides of that road. I feel sorry for them if it affects childcare or care in general."

The street is so evenly divided by the county border that it has a public spaces protection order in place – from authorities in two different counties.

Bev Plumb, landlady at the Queen's Walk, said: "People are trying to do the right thing, trying not to break the law, but it does affect our business.

"There shouldn't be a blanket approach for the whole of Nottinghamshire."

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