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The long and winding saga of Dunster's pavements

Some people feel the paving is out of keeping with the village's character. Credit: ITV News

The new pavement in Dunster which caused such a row looks set to be replaced again.

Stone slabs had been laid to replace the cobbles on West Street but the blue colour and design of the stone was unpopular.

After a public consultation, another £45,000 will be spent on changing it again.


Solving Dunster's pavement problem

New paving installed in Dunster for safety reasons has not proved popular Credit: ITV News

People living in Dunster are being invited to have their say on new paving in the Somerset village.

Stone slabs were fitted on West Street earlier this year, after calls to improve the pavement for the safety of pedestrians. But the the colour of the stone has not proved popular and even English Heritage has expressed its dismay.

Somerset County Council is now asking residents to help pick alternative designs.

  • Keep the existing footway as it is
  • Darken the existing footway
  • Replace the footway with reclaimed Pennant paving stone
  • Replace the footway with Brecon Grey paving stone

People choose which option they prefer here.

Main road through Dunster closed for several weeks

West Street in Dunster will be closed for several weeks Credit: ITV West Country

The main road through Dunster will be closed from this morning for major road and water works improvements.

The A369 will be closed to traffic for several weeks. Wessex Water and Somerset County Council are working on the road at the same time to minimise disruption. A diversion through the Somerset village will be in place.

Tenants worried about royal estate sell-off

Concerns over plans to sell off properties in Dunster Credit: ITV News

There are concerns over plans by the Crown Estate to sell off dozens of homes in Somerset, which it's claimed will leave some tenants homeless.

The Crown Estate, which is one of the largest landowners in the country, is planning to sell off up to 45 of its properties around Taunton and Dunster.

Tenants are being given the option to either buy, or up to six months notice period to vacate their properties.


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