In addition to the temporary closure of Market Place to through traffic the County Council will temporarily close Palmer Street (and therefore Catherine Hill and Stony Street) and King Street (including Church Street) to through traffic. This will commence on Monday 22 June and will be reviewed on a weekly basis. The purpose of this closure will be to enable social distancing in narrow streets.
This follows a survey of residents and businesses in the town centre in which the majority of respondents supported the initiative. In response to the survey replies we received, there will be exemptions and other conditions:
- Residents and deliveries will be exempt
- Access for refuse collection will continue
- Closure of the additional streets will be from 9am – 5pm daily (Market Place will be closed for the duration of the works)
Full access to all car parks will continue, and we are pleased to confirm that all Mendip District Council run car parks will remain free of charge, to be reviewed in early August.
During the works, a temporary bus stop will be created in Cork Street, adjoining the entrance into the Westway Shopping Centre, so that the bus companies can continue to offer town centre services to their passengers. For further details about bus services in the town please visit the operators’ websites listed at the end of this letter.
There will be a temporary suspension of the taxi rank adjoining the Westway Shopping Centre in Cork Street. However, the second taxi rank in Cork Street and the taxi rank in Waterloo will still be available and an alternative temporary taxi rank will be available in Saxonvale. www.frometowncouncil.gov.uk/market-place-improvements-temporary-bus-and-taxi-relocations
Full details about the improvement works taking place in the Market Place and FAQs about the scheme are available on our website: