Work has commenced this week on Minehead’s Eastern Esplanade which will see the seafront transformed in time for this year’s main summer visitor season.
The works will focus on landscape, planting, lighting and play to make the area more vibrant creating a space with more year-round appeal for residents and visitors.
The development is being project managed by West Somerset Council and steered by Minehead Coastal Communities Team with input from residents and visitors through various consultations which have taken place throughout the past twelve months
The works form part of the ‘Enterprising Minehead’ project and will complement developments which have already been put in place such as interactive guided walks, shelter refurbishments and summertime markets at the old harbour.
The Esplanade enhancements aim to provide more attractive space for residents as well as attracting new visitors, ensuring that Minehead remains a destination which meets the needs and expectations of the 21st century. Works are expected to be completed within 12 weeks.
Katrina Midgley who Chairs Minehead Coastal Communities Team said, “The public response to last year’s consultation was tremendous. This has not only helped to formulate the current proposals, but has also given us some great ideas for future phases. It is great to see the work starting on the Eastern Esplanade. Contractors are working hard to ensure that works will be completed for the main summer season.”
Community input into this project has been invaluable and has helped to shape the final Esplanade designs. Once in place, Minehead will have a seafront to be proud of which will tempt people to spend more time here and keep returning.