Thanks for Dunster views

Over 130 people spoke to Somerset County Council at the weekend, sharing their views about paving laid in Dunster’s West Street earlier this year.

Representatives from the authority were in the village on Saturday to hear people’s opinions about the paving which was part of a wider highways scheme completed earlier this year.

Cllr David Fothergill, Cabinet member for Highways who was among the staff in Dunster at the weekend, said: “I would like to thank all of those who gave up their time to come and speak to us. We have attended meetings and read correspondence, but it is always useful to speak to people one-to-one.

“This was also a chance for people who hadn’t yet had their say to share their views with us and I am delighted that so many took that opportunity.”

The paving slabs were laid in West Street as part of a £400,000 highways improvement scheme which also included upgrades to traffic signals and significant resurfacing.

A cobbled pavement was removed from one side of West Street following a request from the parish council to make one side of the street safe for pedestrians and help people with mobility issues and those using pushchairs. Blue Lias paving slabs were used and it is these which are leading to concerns being raised locally.

The views shared on Saturday will be considered alongside other comments, discussions at meetings and visits to other sites where Blue Lias has been used to make a recommendation to the Cabinet member for Highways about the next steps.