Quay Street reopens

    Quay Street reopens

    Quay Street reopens

    Wednesday 13 July 2016

    Quay Street in Minehead is fully open again as works commissioned by West Somerset Council to carry out essential maintenance on cliffs above the road are on schedule and close to finishing.

    And the council would like to thank traders, residents and visitors for their patience while the work, designed to protect properties from the risk of falling rock and debris, was under way.

    The street was subject to a limited closure for three weeks while heavy machinery was deployed by contractors on the site – but reopened on Friday July 8, a day ahead of target.

    The reopening comes in time for the start of the peak holiday season in the resort and means full access is now in place for visitors, shoppers, those wanting to visit the cafes and pub or enjoy a fishing trip.

    Contractors will still be working on the steep hillside for a few more days, but the heavy duty crane needed to winch rubble, boulders and tree branches is no longer needed.

    Cllr Mandy Chilcott, Deputy Leader of the Council and a Minehead ward member, said the road reopening was good news for traders, residents and visitors.

    “I would like to thank everyone for their patience – it’s great to hear that the road is open again and that Quay Street, the harbour and Quay West, are fully accessible.

    “This work was essential and simply could not wait until later in the year when the risk of bad weather would have been far greater and we did our utmost to minimise the inevitable disruption.”

    The work entailed removing dead and dying trees from the steep slopes, emptying “catch nets” designed to hold debris and strengthening the nets’ fixings.

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    Contact:

    Debbie Rundle, on behalf of West Somerset Council,01984 635280 or 01823 356407 or 07714 759899 email d.rundle@tauntondeane.gov.uk