Minehead Visitor Centre is reporting great feedback on the new website: www.mineheadbay.co.uk
while the open-air seafront gallery was particularly popular. They also received lots of comments regard the Maritime Mile trail, that provides information about Minehead’s heritage and that the children enjoyed following the sea-shells, proving to be a hit with visitors.
A range of partners are working on the Enterprising Minehead initiative with the first projects put in place for the summer. More schemes to raise Minehead’s profile are in the pipeline.
Katrina Midgley, chairs Minehead Coastal Communities Team (CCT), a vital partner in the Minehead initiative along with West Somerset Council, businesses and volunteers. She said: “The feedback from visitors is really encouraging. We expect work to start on more seafront enhancements in the New Year, and I look forward to watching them develop.”
Cllr Andrew Hadley, Economic Regeneration & Tourism portfolio holder at West Somerset Council, said: “I am delighted the features that have already been placed have been received so positively by visitors to our town. Minehead is a lovely place to visit, stay and live. All the initiatives so far, and those still to come, can only add to the town’s attraction and make it THE place to visit when looking for short breaks or holiday destinations.”
Bristol resident Mr Ettle got in touch with Minehead Town Council to congratulate everyone involved: “Just to say how very good and interesting the pictures by the clock tower are of Minehead in the past. I am in my early 70s and been going to Minehead for days out from Bristol since a boy and the friend I was with (91) we thought them fascinating, it was also was good to see how many younger people were studying them too. We both learnt from them and were surprised by the Indian horse riders and the horse racing on the beach. Excellent.”
A resident from Swindon contacted West Somerset Council to pass on her delight at discovering her parents pictured walking along the promenade, captured in one of the gallery images by Blackmore dated 1960.
A visitor from Wrexham said: “My husband and I have just spent a few days in Somerset and decided to visit Minehead as neither of us had been before. We would like to say what a beautiful and well cared for town you have, we absolutely loved it especially the seafront and harbour
“The shops were so nice, everyone friendly and we found a little old fashioned cafe on the promenade which served a really good cup of coffee. We enjoyed our visit so much that out of the four days we had in Somerset we spent two of them at Minehead. Hopefully we will return in the not too distant future and will definitely stay in Minehead, we didn't want to leave! Congratulations on your beautiful town and the high standard it is kept in.”
Enterprising Minehead is a partnership project involving West Somerset Council, Minehead Coastal Communities Team (CCT) and partners including representatives from the business, voluntary and leisure sectors.
The project aims to make the most of Minehead’s traditional appeal as a seaside resort – but making sure it is fit for the 21st century.
The initiatives include the physical re-development and refurbishment of the seafront, a tourism training academy, a business improvement district (BID), new events, heritage trail and branding and marketing activity.
Funding secured is £501,000 from the Hinkley Point C Community Impact Mitigation (CIM) fund, almost £80,000 in Leader funding - EU money allocated to help rural areas – and £130,000 from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund.
The grants need to be spent on specific projects, within set timeframes with the emphasis on boosting the economy, creating new jobs and improving skills, marketing and branding. In addition they need to make the most of opportunities afforded by Hinkley Point C as well as mitigating any negative impacts.