BRIDGWATER NEWS: Work starts in preparation for town centre improvements

BRIDGWATER NEWS: Work starts in preparation for town centre improvements

PREPARTORY works are starting in Bridgwater town centre this week in order to allow an enhancement of the area to begin.

In order to prepare for the improvement works to High Street and Fore Street, some trees need to be removed before the end of February.

Replacement trees will be planted for all of those removed - once the work has been completed.

There are a couple of diseased and dying trees which will also be replaced at the Town Bridge end of Fore Street.

A spokesman for Sedgemoor District Council said: “The tree work is necessary now, in advance of the bird-nesting season.

“The main work is scheduled to start in late April and early May and more detail will be provided once the construction programme is finalised, with the contractors also planning to undertake a drop-in session in the week running up to work starting.”

The Bridgwater Town Centre Support scheme will help to deliver a number of projects over four years.

These projects aim to increase footfall into the town centre, build a stronger shopping offer, deliver new and improved town centre events to bring more people in and connect the town centre to the England Coast Path.

There are plans - as part of the Celebration Mile - that will see an improved street-scape on the High Street and in Fore Street, including the architectural lighting of the historic town bridge, de-cluttering of street furniture, improved signage and replacement of dying and diseased trees.

The Bridgwater Town Centre Support Project, was submitted to the CIM Fund by Bridgwater Town Council, in collaboration with Sedgemoor District Council and Bridgwater Town Team.

The £310,000 project is funded as follows: Sedgemoor District Council £148,000; Bridgwater Town Council - £35,000; Bridgwater Town Team - £10,000; CIM Fund - £116,070.

PHOTO – TOP: Bridgwater’s High Street.