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​UK Street Has Different Lockdown Rules Depending Which Side You Live On

​UK Street Has Different Lockdown Rules Depending Which Side You Live On

A street that sits on the Wales and England border has different lockdown rules depending on which side of the road you live on.

One half of Boundary Lane in Saltney, Flintshire, is technically part of Wales, whereas the other half is part of England.

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Following recent changes to lockdown measures, as announced by Boris Johnson earlier this week, that means some of the street's residents have different rules to those of some of their neighbours.

For instance, while Johnson changed the national message from 'stay at home' to 'stay alert', Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething has rejected the new slogan and told the people of Wales the order to remain at home has not changed.

Veronica Gay, Flintshire County councillor for Saltney Stonebridge, believes the differences between the two sets of measures have been confusing for locals.

Residents on a street on the boundary between England and Wales have different lockdown rules. Credit: Daily Post Wales
Residents on a street on the boundary between England and Wales have different lockdown rules. Credit: Daily Post Wales

Gay, who lives nearby on the Welsh side, said: "There was confusion and I have seen questions coming to me and in Facebook, about what people can now do.

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"My children live in Knutsford and they joked they were off to Blackpool - but said 'You can't come' and they were going to come to Talacre, but they can't come.

"I can go to meet somebody in a park, but can't meet them in their garden. And I can only meet one of my daughters at a time, not both together.

"Meanwhile at the moment we have people living on the Welsh side of Border Lane, who are storing some rubbish in their gardens because the recycling centres aren't currently open in Flintshire - but on the other side the bin lorries are taking stuff away.

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"On the Welsh side, they can only go out locally, but the other side in England can drive to the Lake District or down to Brighton."

Veronica Gay stands on the boundary with Wales on the left and England on the right. Credit: Daily Post Wales
Veronica Gay stands on the boundary with Wales on the left and England on the right. Credit: Daily Post Wales

Linda Astbury, 69, lives on the English side of Boundary Lane.

Astbury, who used to work for Marks & Spencer Bank in Chester, said: "I went for a walk and it occurred to me that I was crossing over into the Welsh and then back over into England - normally I wouldn't think about it.

"I was thinking technically whether I should be entering Wales - but I'm sure it's fine, I usually shop on the Welsh side in Morrisons and if I was prevented from doing that - then that would be silly.

"I prefer being on the English side, because I think under these rules I have more autonomy. I do my walks and as long as I keep two metres apart and don't do anything I shouldn't - that's fine. But of course maybe not everybody will follow the rules."

Speaking of the potential for day trips in England, she added: "I can stay out all day now if I wish, but you can't on the other side of the road."

Meanwhile, Anne Anboorallee, who also lives on the English side, prefers the Welsh restrictions.

The 66-year-old recently retired as a secretary for the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in mental health, and understands the brave efforts NHS staff are currently making daily.

She said: "It was a bit confusing, but if you think about it I know what I can do and can't do.

"It seems ridiculous that I can do things that people 30 yards away can't.

"I actually prefer the Welsh restrictions at the moment and feel more comfortable and safer with those rules."

Featured Image Credit: Daily Post Wales

Topics: UK News, News

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]