PLANS to introduce a one-way traffic system and wider pavements in Helensburgh town centre have been scrapped.

Argyll and Bute Council had been consulting with communities on the proposals, which were suggested to improve social distancing and make it easier for people to move around streets safely.

The idea, backed by funding from the Spaces for People programme, was initially put forward in July and would have seen parts of Sinclair Street, Clyde Street and Princes Street affected.

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The plans for Sinclair Street would have seen the one-way system implemented from Clyde Street to King Street, while Clyde and Princes Streets would go one-way between Charlotte Street and William Street.

Through traffic would have been diverted via Old Luss Road, King Street and William Street if the measures were implemented.

However, a statement from the local authority on Friday said: "Consultation feedback indicated that Helensburgh had sufficient space for physical distancing and so there are no longer plans to put a one-way system into Helensburgh town centre.

"Plans now are to resolve the small number of pinch points identified and support everyone to walk, wheel and cycle safely."

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Around 1,500 people responded to an online survey on the proposals, and some new measures will be introduced in other towns across Argyll and Bute.

Councillor Alastair Redman, policy lead for economic development, said: “Firstly, I’d like to thank everyone who took part in the consultation. There was a fantastic response and I think it indicates just how important our town centres are to us.

"Securing the funding is another indication of how Argyll and Bute’s council is doing all it can to protect its businesses and the economy.

“There’s still a bit of work to do to develop some of the plans but we aim to have them in place in the coming months.”