Bath Place makeover now complete



Local traders and Cllrs David Fothergill and Roger Habgood thank the highways team for completing improvements at Bath Place ahead of schedule

Work to improve an historic shopping street in Taunton has been completed – nearly two weeks ahead of schedule.

Somerset County Council teamed up with Taunton Deane Borough Council and local traders to replace the tired old paving slabs which were frequently coming loose and requiring temporary repairs.

The scheme was planned to take place in the winter months to minimise disruption and teams worked closely with the Bath Place Traders Association to agree on a replacement material which would complement and enhance this special part of town.

Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped this job go so smoothly. I’ve heard so many good things about the workers on site who have done a very professional job, frequently halting work to ensure customers could reach the shops. At the same time, the local businesses have been incredibly patient and accommodating of messy work which was literally on their doorsteps.

“I think the new paving looks great – not only is it smart and safe for people to walk on, but it also blends in really well with the historic area. Well done to all involved.”

Cllr Roger Habgood, Taunton Deane Borough Council’s Executive Member for Planning and Transportation, said: This project has given Bath Place a very sympathetic make-over that makes the most of its historic character. The traders in this unique shopping area are always working to improve their environment and enhance the shopping experience. This upgrade in conjunction with the two Councils has embraced that ethic and is a real testament to collaborative working.”

Philippe Messy, Owner of the Little Wine Shop, said: “The re-paving of Bath Place looks beautiful now. The team that did it were so helpful and professional throughout the whole process, not only with us traders but also with the general public who were passing. All completed two weeks ahead of schedule, simply a great job.”

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Highways workers with a cake presented by local traders following the completion of paving repairs in Bath Place