Road closures as town hall revamp starts

PUBLISHED: 16:31 25 May 2011

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MOTORISTS could experience town centre disruption over the next 12 months while a revamp of Weston Town Hall takes place.

With substantial work expected at the Weston building this summer, there will be a temporary road closure and one-way traffic restriction on Walliscote Grove Road this year.

North Somerset Council says that to ensure public safety during the multi-million pound project, both lanes of Walliscote Grove Road from the junction with Union Street will be closed on June 30 for 20 weeks.

The road will then be one way for the next 35 weeks, with traffic travelling from the seafront able to drive eastwards only along Walliscote Grove Road. Diversions will be set up to direct drivers during the road closure. The road will be partially open for use by pedestrians only during T4 On The Beach in July, the planned Weston motorcycle beach event in October and the carnival in November.

The Town Hall is being transformed to provide a multi-use public facility that will include a new central library.

The upper floors of the building are also being improved as part of the refurbishment to accommodate up to 900 staff, 50 per cent more than before.

The refurbishment forms part of the council’s office amalgamation programme which will reduce office accommodation from 18 buildings to two, with the savings paying for the building alterations and saving the council a predicted £750,000 a year.

In June the council reception will move just around the corner to Somerset House in Oxford Street while the new Town Hall building is refurbished.

All public-facing council services will be available in Somerset House, including HomeChoice and housing inquiries as normal.

The old Town Hall building will be open as usual during the refurbishment for council meetings.

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