Last chance to have your say on Dunster paving

A consultation over the next steps for the paving in Dunster’s West Street is entering its final stages.

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. Therefore, Somerset County 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 options:

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

The consultation ends on Wednesday 28 October and the results will be used to inform a final decision.

Over 750 Dunster homes and businesses received 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. A public drop-in event was also held at the Tithe Barn.

A survey asking for your one preferred choice is still available online at www.somerset.gov.uk/have-your-say/consultations/consultation-and-engagement. 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.

Cllr Fothergill said: “This consultation is the chance for everyone to have their say about the paving in West Street. We’ve committed to making changes if that’s what people want, so it’s really important that everyone with a view completes the survey before next Wednesday. We’ll then publish the results and make a final decision about how to proceed.”