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Work to reopen the Beaminster Tunnel has been delayed.

Work to reopen the Beaminster Tunnel has been delayed and will now not meet its original opening deadline of May. Two people died when their car was buried in a landslip at the tunnel in July last year.

The work, which is expected to cost £2.1 million is up to five weeks behind schedule. It is not now due to be completed until June or July. A spokesman from Dorset County Council commented:

We know this is devastating news for the community, and it is certainly not what we had foreseen happening.The design process is complex and does take time. It is extremelyimportant that we get it right.

– Councillor Peter Finney, Dorset County Counciil


Investigation into Somerset parking permit delay

An error which lead to dozens of Somerset residents' parking permits being delayed will be investigated by Royal Mail.

It comes after a postal box address was closed in error by Royal Mail for 10 days during mid-August.

It is thought that up to 80 applications for permits in Minehead, Taunton and Yeovil were then sent to a depot and then returned to the sender.

Cabinet Member for Highways Harvey Siggs said: “I am pleased that Royal Mail has acknowledged its mistake and is finding out what went wrong.

It is tremendously disappointing that this error has occurred in processing permit applications, we and our contractors had worked hard to make the process as easy as possible.

I am confident that the system is running smoothly again now, and that anyone who does receive a parking ticket as a result of this blip will not have to pay a fine.”

Somerset County Council is advising anyone whose application has been returned to re-submit as soon as possible.