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Paignton seafront shut off to traffic to prevent people breaching Covid-19 guidelines and driving to the beach

A Devon seafront has been shut off to traffic to prevent people driving to the seaside in breach of the Government's coronavirus guidelines.

Paignton promenade is being locked with gates, bollards, barriers and road closure signs because police report that too many people are still driving there.

Police had been patrolling the area and telling cars to leave but some drivers were seen returning to the promenade as soon as officers disappeared. Credit: Devon Live

Police had been patrolling the area and telling cars to leave but some drivers were seen returning to the promenade as soon as officers disappeared.

In response, Torbay Council has announced it is locking the Eastern Esplanade, which runs along the sea wall from the Redcliffe Hotel to Paignton Harbour.

The council said the decision to close the road to vehicles was made in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police.

The council announced: "Parking Services have been on site today installing bollards, barriers and road closure signs to stop all vehicles parking in the area. Gates at either end of the esplanade will be locked once the last vehicle leaves the area."

Paignton promenade is being locked with gates, bollards, barriers and road closure signs. Credit: Devon Live

Over the last few days we have been conducting high visibility patrols in key locations across Paignton and Brixham.

Generally the public are responding well to the government guidelines; however, a number of people are still going against government Covid-19 guidelines and driving to the beaches, particularly Paignton seafront for walks and to look at the view.

– Inspector Howard Brugge, Devon and Cornwall Police
The council said the decision to close the road to vehicles was made in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police. Credit: Devon Live

Cllr Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture for Torbay Council, said: “Despite government guidelines about not travelling to conduct daily exercise, the Eastern Esplanade continues to be a problem.

"We know local police officers have been giving advice to those parking in the area, yet despite this they return as soon as officers leave. In order to prevent the spread of the virus, it is important everyone adheres to the guidelines."