High Street works resume

Work is about to get under way to install new seats in Taunton’s pedestrianised High Street and to complete essential drainage.

The "twig" benches have been bought and will be put in place as part of Taunton Deane Borough Council's wider scheme to enhance and improve one of Taunton's central shopping areas. The old seats were removed when the enhancement scheme began and the modern benches will provide a welcome spot where shoppers and visitors can take a breather. Most of the improvement works carried out so far have been "invisible" as they are centred on improving and modernising drainage - essential but unglamorous work.

New bollards will also be installed to help control all but essential traffic in the pedestrianised area. The bollards have been designed by Anne Smyth to reflect the natural shapes of fir cones and acorns.  They will be made from bands of terrazzo and local stone, the colours blending with the nearby planters which are also made from a selection of local stone.

The work is due to start on Tuesday 14 January 2014 and be completed in March - weather permitting.

Other improvements to the High Street have included installing natural stone planters around the trees and improved signage.

Councillor Norman Cavill, who holds the economic development portfolio, said:  "When the High Street was first pedestrianised in the 1970s it was ahead of its time and it has served us well.  We are investing to upgrade it so that High Street continues to be an attractive place for shoppers, visitors and indeed the traders."

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