Road closures around Milk Street

Residents and commuters are reminded that roads in and around Milk Street, Frome, will be closed from 7.30am on Wednesday 6 August.

A 150m cordon area will be in place around a property in Milk Street from 7.30am after the police received credible information that a possible Second World War non-explosive incendiary device is buried in its back garden.

Purely as a precaution, residents within the cordon area are asked to evacuate their homes during the operation whilst the emergency services and Local Authorities take action to investigate, and if necessary, safely remove it.

Road closures will be in place at Milk Street and the parade of nearby shops, the junction of Selwood Road and Trinity Street, Whatcombe Road and Welshmill Lane with diversion routes in place.

The number 184 First bus service will also not serve Selwood Road, Welshmill Lane or Welshmill Road for the duration of the closure. Instead the bus will travel along Badcox, Christchurch Street West, Bath Street, Market Place, Fromefield, Berkley Road and Rodden Road and then back along the same route in reverse.

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Cllr Harvey Siggs, Leader of Mendip District Council and Cabinet Member of Somerset County Council said: “We want to remind commuters of the road closures within that area on Wednesday 6 August as well as changes to bus services.

“Also, any evacuated residents are reminded they are welcome to use the rest centre free of charge at Oakfield Academy run by Mendip District Council from 6.30am where refreshments and facilities will be available. We hope the operation will be complete by the end of the day, with residents able to return to their homes and the roads reopened. Check out our website or follow us on Twitter for the latest information.”

For further information on the day, follow Somerset County Council on Twitter @somersetcouncil #MilkStreet or check out the website www.somerset.gov.uk/milkstreet. Alternatively tune into BBC Somerset, Frome FM or contact Somerset Direct on 0845 345 9155.