A ROAD in the centre of a Somerset town will be closed during the summer so improvement works can take place.

Westminster Street in Yeovil will be the first area in the town where improvement work is set to take place under the Yeovil Refresh scheme.

The scheme will help to improve the look of the town centre for shoppers, businesses, residents and workers.

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With an anticipated start date of June 28 2021, Midas Group (who are undertaking the work) will be applying to Somerset County Council for a complete closure of Westminster Street with a diversion route to be put in place.

Mike Borkowski, business development director for Midas Construction, said: “It’s great to be working with South Somerset District Council (SSDC) on such an important project to revitalise Yeovil town centre.

"Almost every town centre in the UK is under review at the moment, reflecting on their relevance and appeal so that local residents and visitors alike continue to use them against a backdrop of significant change in retail habits.

"Hats off to South Somerset for moving ahead with improvements before most other areas – and along with other significant investment in leisure and entertainment this ‘refresh’ for the town centre will help keep Yeovil as an important regional centre”.

It is estimated the work at Westminster Street will be complete by the end of September 2021.

The work at The Triangle and Wine Street is set to start at the end of the summer/start of autumn.

Other elements of the public realm improvement scheme will see enhancement works at The Borough, Middle Street, Lower Middle Street and the High Street in Yeovil.

Ian Timms, Yeovil Refresh project manager, added: “We are really pleased to be able to firm up a date that will see spade in ground for the first set of public realm enhancement works.

"This is the first of a series of work that will be undertaken in the town centre over the next couple of years as we aim to improve the experience in several of our key town centres across South Somerset and I am delighted that we can help to fundamentally change how you can move around, making it easier for pedestrians to move around the spaces in and out of Yeovil town centre.”

The Yeovil Refresh project aims to create a town centre that will be a vibrant place to live, work, shop, learn and visit. Working with consultants and key partners, SSDC has been exploring how it can best invest in Yeovil’s future.

To find out more visit www.yeovilrefresh.co.uk.