40 metres of historic wall to go if council approves £2m plan
PUBLISHED: 16:02 06 February 2017 | UPDATED: 17:44 06 February 2017
The council has submitted an application to its own planning officers for permission to tear down part of the wall in Weston-super-Mare’s Italian Gardens – but it says other work already underway at the Town Square does not require planning permission.
Diggers have begun to tear up the ground at the square so it can be levelled and have new paving installed.
The project is part of a £2million scheme funded by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership and it will be undertaken in three phases. The second phase will likely see three sections of the historic wall removed, if the council grants itself permission.
The authority wants to remove two eight-metre sections of the wall and a larger 23.9m stretch too.
It hopes this will make the area nicer to look at and easier for people to navigate, while also encouraging more people to venture into High Street from the seafront.
The planning application’s design and access statement says: “This (the removal of sections of the wall) will improve visual and physical connections to the square, while avoiding full demolition of the wall which has a long and interesting history in Weston.”
The authority hopes to reuse sections of the wall elsewhere in the Town Square, providing they are in a good enough condition.
A council spokesman told the Mercury the wall is the only portion of the project which requires planning permission, as the rest of the scheme – which includes repaving and creating a new water feature – is considered to be ‘general landscaping work on council-owned land’.