Somerset County Council is consulting with Dunster residents, businesses and visitors over the next steps for the paving in the village’s West Street.
Somerset Blue Lias stone was laid along West Street in February 2015 after local calls to improve the pavement and safety of pedestrians.
Whilst the scheme was acknowledged as being successful in meeting its aim of improving accessibility and pedestrian safety, there was some negative reaction to the design and colour of the new paving from parts of the community. Therefore, the council is now seeking views to help decide the way forward.
Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, has agreed to an alternative scheme being delivered in early 2016 – subject to the design being agreed and supported by the local community.
Somerset County Council is consulting on the following four alternatives:
1) Keep the existing footway as it is
2) Stress the existing footway to darken it
3) Replace the footway with reclaimed Pennant paving stone
4) Replace the footway with Brecon Grey paving stone
A survey asking for your one preferred choice is now available online at www.somerset.gov.uk/have-your-say/consultations/consultation-and-engagement.
Over 750 Dunster homes and businesses are receiving a survey through their door as well as an invitation to view 2m x 1m material samples for each proposal in Dunster Steep Car Park.
Information boards and a questionnaire return box will also be displayed in Exmoor National Park offices, Dunster, from Friday 9 to Tuesday 13 October during office opening hours.
Residents, businesses and visitors are also welcome to attend a public drop-in event on Wednesday 14 October at Dunster Tithe Barn from 1pm to 7.30pm. Cllr David Fothergill and Somerset County Council officers will be available to answer any questions. The 2m x 1m samples will also be available to view.
Cllr Fothergill said: “We want to make the right decision and it’s incredibly important that everyone have their say about which of the four alternatives they prefer. The consultation closes on Wednesday 28 October and once the results are analysed, we will make our final decision. It’s therefore really important you complete the survey to ensure your views count.
“Any alternative schemes (proposals 2, 3 or 4) are planned to be delivered in early 2016, subject to weather conditions and in careful consideration of the tourist season.”
If you require help completing the survey, please contact Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224 – followed by option 4 – who will be happy to help.