£3.9m project nearly finished

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 January 2011

Current pics of Pier Square, Weston Sea Front. Nearing completion.

Current pics of Pier Square, Weston Sea Front. Nearing completion.

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AN EAGERLY-AWAITED £3.9million revamp of Weston seafront is set to be completed by the end of January.

Work on Pier Square has been running several months behind schedule, but the finishing touches are now being made to the area opposite the promenade.

The fountain, which was removed for a spruce up, was tested on Friday ready for the grand unveiling.

North Somerset Council contractors started work on Pier Square nearly a year ago and the finishing touches were expected to be made to the site in October.

The area, stretching from Salisbury Terrace to Carlton Street and from the promenade to the junctions of Oxford Street and Regent Street, now has a new pedestrian section with granite paving.

Council highways chief Elfan Ap Rees said: “Contractors are finishing the paving and doing the snagging and I’m promised it will be finished by the end of the month.

“We tested the fountain on Friday and that was all okay. There is a bit of planting left to do and then when it’s completed we will look at having an official opening when the fountain will be switched on.”

At the end of last year the council revealed how the project had suffered several setbacks and that December’s snow and ice had put the project back further. A daily penalty for late completion by the contractor of £750 per day has been in place since early October.

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