Yeovil Refresh: Your feedback helps inform decisions on the project priorities

Four priority projects for Yeovil Refresh have been set after residents and businesses had their say

Yeovil Refresh

The aim of Yeovil Refresh is to create a town centre that will be a vibrant place to live, work, shop, learn and visit. Working with consultants and key partners, South Somerset District Council has been exploring how it can best invest in Yeovil's future. Residents and businesses have been able to express their views on the proposals since February.

The newly-formed Yeovil Refresh Board held its first meeting in mid-July to drive the project forward. One of its first tasks was to assess at the feedback and decide the priority projects which will enable work to begin.

Here are some of the key things you told us:

  • You'd like to see the main high streets kept clean and better kept with nicer planters and other greenery, while keeping the streets from being too cluttered.
  • You'd like to see improvements in vehicular and pedestrian access into the heart of Yeovil for locals and visitors
  • There are concerns about some vehicle access to parts of the town centre (in particular on Middle Street)
  • You'd like to make the town's open areas more appealing, using the space that is available to encourage visitors.

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The feedback obtained during the consultation has allowed the priority projects to be set. These are:

  • Assessing further pedestrianisation of parts of Middle Street.
  • A Public Realm Design Guide to help shape the use and look of open spaces in the town centre
  • An assessment of access to the town centre
  • A review of car parks in Yeovil (assessing current and future provision, cycle parking, electric charging points and more)

 

A detailed brief has been produced for the Car Park Review and the tender process is due to start in August. The review is due to be completed by the end of 2018 and forms an important element of the delivery plan for Yeovil.

Council officers have also met to consider the recommendations regarding improving pedestrian access and more generally enhancing public open space in the town centre and work on these elements of the plan will also take place during the remainder of 2018.

A stakeholder group has now been established and is planning its first meeting. This group consists of representatives from Yeovil Town Council, and the Chamber of Trade and Commerce, and Ward Members. Further invitations will be going out to key partners.

Councillor Peter Gubbins, Executive Member for Yeovil Refresh, said: "We were excited to share our vision for the Yeovil Refresh project earlier this year and to obtain your opinions on the key elements that could be realised in the town centre of Yeovil.

"Plans are starting to come together and work is being undertaken by council officers now that the priority projects have been set. We want to work with you to create something special - a dynamic and distinctive regional town centre."

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A number of key principles will continue to guide the Yeovil Refresh project. South Somerset District Council wants to:

• Increase the quantity and quality of residential development in the town centre

• Support the hospital and college's objectives for innovation and development

• Celebrate the town's heritage, art and cultural offer

• Strengthen and consolidate the town's retail centre

• Improve the quality of public and green spaces

• Encourage good access to the town, making it convenient and attractive to move through

• Encourage healthy living opportunities

• Increase breadth of offer of things to do to encourage people to spend more time in the centre

• Increase mix of uses to creative vitality throughout day and evening

• Increase the number and diversity of employment opportunities

• Create an exciting calendar of markets and events

You can still view all of the proposals and make comments on the SSDC website at www.southsomerset.gov.uk/yeovilrefreshproject.