£3.9million revamp nearly there

PUBLISHED: 13:30 28 October 2010

Pier Square Work in Progress.

Pier Square Work in Progress.

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THE £3.9million revamp of a prime seafront area is set to be completed by the end of November.

North Somerset Council contractors started work on Pier Square in February and the finishing touches are now being made to the new-look public space.

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

Council highways chief, Councillor Elfan Ap Rees said: “We expect the project to be finished by the end of November, weather permitting .

“It is currently on budget despite some frustrating issues, such as discovering the hard way that old Victorian services during mechanical excavation meant that some areas had to be dug out by hand and there was a delay in the delivery of some of the specialist paving slabs from China.

“The fountain is expected to return in early November following its restoration and completion of the new foundations and will then be connected up for test runs before being officially ‘opened’.

“We have been receiving good cooperation from businesses looking onto the square and issued a number of licences to allow tables and chairs to be placed in front of premises.

“These will be subject to an initial period of trial and error to ensure they do not block passage for pedestrians or access to nearby public seating.

“We have already agreed with trader that A-boards will be of certain maximum dimensions and closely adjacent to premises to avoid clutter.”

Council contractors will carry out further work to clean up the granite surfacing once it is finished and ensure traders keep their frontages pristine.

Cllr Ap Rees added: “There have been some teething problems with fish and chip boxes and grease, especially on the area immediately opposite the pier.

“This area will be acid cleaned shortly and the surface sealed to make cleaning easier.

“We also want to encourage takeaway traders to ensure they have sufficient waste containers to hold the rubbish they produce.”

The finials on top the lamp columns on the seafront are now working and can be programmed to change colour.

The main traffic route through the square is to be made available for the carnival on November 15.

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