Minehead’s Coastal Communities Team (MCCT) is keen to gauge opinion on the emerging themes and concepts following consultations with interest groups, businesses and individuals earlier in the spring.
MCCT is the organisation that has the funding to spend – is now inviting people to come forward and have their say before any hard and fast decisions are made.
The initiative aims to change radically the perception of the town, through the physical re-development of a designated area on the Eastern Esplanade. The project will involve new landscaping and developing concepts to attract people using the themes of light and play to maximise interest.
The aim is to attract new customers, increase the amount of time and money spent by visitors to make sure the town remains competitive as a destination and meets the needs and expectations of the 21st century.
An initial consultation was held in early April and feedback from that has helped to shape the next stage of consultation that will run from May 29-June 17 at Minehead’s Tourist Information Centre during its opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am – 4pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm.
Katrina Midgley, who chairs Minehead CCT, said: “We are seeing the project, that started some two years ago, finally start to become a reality. The public response to the recent consultation has not only helped to formulate the current proposals, but has also given us some great ideas for future phases. I hope more people will now share their thoughts and ideas.”
Cllr Andrew Hadley, whose West Somerset Council portfolio includes economic regeneration and tourism, said: “We really do value people’s ideas and comments. I hope they will take the time to visit and to provide more feedback.”
Some 395 questionnaires from the first session were returned and the organisers would like to thank everyone who took part and took the time to respond.
The budget for the Eastern Esplanade infrastructure totals £320,000 with the money coming from the Hinkley Point C Community Impact Mitigation (CIM) fund.