Improving drainage in Ilminster

**Update: 17/3/16**

The major drainage improvement works on Station Road, between the A303 and Canal Way, are anticipated to be finished tomorrow (Friday 18/3), with the road closure lifted a week early.

Unfortunately, an unrelated problem has been brought to our attention where a property near the Shrubbery Hotel is being flooded by a broken highway drain. Work at this location was not planned, however, as a result of the early finish at Station Road, we have taken this opportunity to mobilise the same gang, who have worked so capably over the last four weeks, to do this emergency work to assist the concerned resident.

This additional work will not require a road closure and Station Road will remain open with temporary traffic signals in place. These will be removed for the Easter period, enabling unrestricted access to Ilminster. Many thanks for your patience.

**Update: 4/3/16**

Work is progressing well and Phase 2 is due to start on Monday (7 March).

Please note, this means that the Westcombe and Slape Trading Estates will now be accessible from the A303 end.

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Essential drainage works to help protect properties in Ilminster from the risk of future flooding are due to start later this month.

Work to upgrade the existing pipework and install additional gullies on the B3168 Station Road is due to start on Monday 22 February, and is programmed to take around five weeks.

Due to the narrow width of the road, a full road closure will be required so the work can be completed safely. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

The scheme will be carried out in two phases to minimise disruption as much as possible, with each phase expected to take between two and three weeks.

Phase 1: The B3168 Station Road will be closed between Home Farm Way and the site of the old Horlicks Factory. Access to and from the Westcombe Trading Estate during this period will be available from the Stonemasons roundabout direction at all times.

Phase 2. The B3168 Station Road will be closed between Home Farm Way and the Hazelwell Lodge. Access to and from the Westcombe Trading Estate during this period will be available from the Southfields roundabout direction at all times.

Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “It’s important we continue to invest in upgrading our roads and this essential drainage improvement work should help reduce the risk of flooding.

“Unfortunately, there will be an impact on the local community and I apologise for any inconvenience caused. We’ll be working as quickly as possible to keep any disruption to a minimum.”

While work is underway, a diversion route suitable for HGVs will be clearly signposted, although it is likely that car drivers with local knowledge will find shorter alternatives.