New fountain arrives in Weston
PUBLISHED: 17:30 12 November 2010
A newly-restored ornamental fountain was re-installed at Weston's £3.9million Pier Square development yesterday (Weds).
The Beach Road landmark arrived in three segments, each weighing more than a tonne, and was craned in and assembled on site.
The historic Coalbrookdale fountain, known as the boy and serpent, has been a feature on the Beach Lawns for almost a century and was removed at the start of the year to be refurbished as part of the Pier Square project.
The fountain has been carefully cleaned, repaired and restored by a Bristol-based specialist restoration firm, Dorothea Restorations.
Cash for the Pier Square development came from North Somerset Council and grants from the South West Regional Development Agency and other organisations.
New roads and landscaping has been introduced to make the area more pedestrian-friendly, create better leisure space and increase trade for businesses.
An official switch-on of the fountain will take place early next month.