Esplanade enhancement scheme

Eastern Esplanade enhancement work commences

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.

An outline of the work being carried out.

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.


Latest Newsletter – December 2018

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Our latest newsletter is now available. It includes information about our various projects. Download it here.

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Can You Improve the Appearance of this Green Box?

Seafront green box

Design competition open to the community

A functional but far from glamorous green box on Minehead seafront is all set for a makeover – and the hunt is on for the talent to do it.

Wessex Water has agreed that its equipment box near the Jubilee gardens café can feature a new cover as part of the Eastern Esplanade enhancement.

As a result, Minehead Coastal Communities Team is launching a competition for a design on the theme “Maritime Minehead by the Sea”.

Minehead’s prosperity was closely bound up with the sea and for more than 200 years the port was second in local importance only to Bristol. Minehead offers traditional seaside fun, with its promenade, a beautiful bay with sandy beach and a backdrop of Exmoor.

Budding artists from the community now have the chance to design their ideas or memories of how they portray Maritime Minehead in a graphic style than can be transferred to a cover for the equipment box.

The closing date for entries is noon on September 30 and entries will be judged by at least three representatives from Minehead Town Council, the Coastal Communities Team and Swan Paul Architects.

“People often comment on the dilapidated state of the box. This is a great opportunity for local artists to transform it into something that shows more of Minehead’s seaside heritage, whilst retaining its functionality. I look forward to seeing the results.” said Katrina Midgley, who chairs the Coastal Communities Team in Minehead.

Enterprising Minehead is a partnership project involving West Somerset Council, Minehead Coastal Communities Team (MCCT) and partners including representatives from the business, voluntary and leisure sectors.

The project aims to make the most of Minehead’s traditional appeal as a seaside resort – but making sure it is fit for the 21st century.

The design will be transferred to flat vinyl, sticky back panels which will be fixed to the box. Please follow the links to download full details of the competition rules and ‘Appendix A’ , which show the layout needed for the design.

Completed entries can be emailed to alternatively send by post to Minehead Esplanade Equipment Box Design Competition, West Somerset Council, West Somerset House, Killick Way, Williton, TA4 4QA.


Minehead Coast

Maritime Mile opens

Minehead’s Maritime Mile is launching this week to give the resort a fresh, new boost designed to attract more visitors in time for the start of the main holiday season.

At an informal ceremony on Tuesday 12 June, Minehead’s Deputy Mayor Cllr Gail Everett cut the ribbon to open the new attraction.

The £80,000 project, largely funded through LEADER – an EU scheme that allocates money to help rural areas – will complement  the Enterprising Minehead project that has won substantial funding to make the resort the go-to seaside destination by making the most of its traditional appeal as a seaside resort – with a 21st century twist.

The Maritime Mile creates a new heritage interpretation trail, running the length of the seafront to showcase Minehead’s maritime history, myths and legends. The trail has the central theme of ‘find and follow the shells’ and be way-marked to draw people along the route. It will link to existing features like the South West Coast Path and England Coast Path.

Mhd at the Helm gallery IMG_0122An open-air gallery is being built at the trail’s central point to display images and artefacts from Minehead’s past.  And there’s even an App (suitable for Android and iOS devices)

The App features a quiz designed to entice people to walk to the Harbour and complete the trail, those presenting correct answers to Minehead Visitor Centre will be eligible to collect a prize. This feature technology will also link to the new Minehead destination website for visitors widening Minehead’s appeal as a tourist destination.

The new, high-tech App features *augmented reality, videos and 3D images to make the walk more exciting and interactive – and it links to the new website being launched – – to further enhance Minehead’s appeal to new and wider audiences.

The state of the art responsive website has been developed to capitalise on marketing the town as a key destination and will also link to the seafront trail/walk and its innovative technology.

The Minehead Coastal Community Team projects have been developed in collaboration with Minehead Museum, Minehead Development Trust, and Butlin’s.

Cllr Andrew Hadley, West Somerset Council’s Lead Member for economic regeneration, Mhd at the Helm gallery IMG_0126said: “The Maritime Mile showcases Minehead’s history and heritage and is a great new feature to enhance what we can now offer our visitors – and encourage more people to enjoy Minehead.

“We are lucky to have a fascinating history that can be brought to life through harnessing the incredible technology that is available now. “

Katrina Midgley, who chairs Minehead Coastal Community Team, added: “This is the first in a series of enhancements to Minehead’s Esplanade, aimed at attracting local people and tourists to enjoy our seafront. I am delighted to see the work of Minehead Coastal Community Team coming to life. I would like to thank everyone who has been instrumental in making this happen.”

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Minehead Seafront Enhancements 2nd Stage Consultation

Following the final stage of the consultation on the proposed seafront enhancements, the architect has updated some drawings, to show changes to the lighting proposals. These have been added below.

a final summary of the consultation responses can be viewed here.

It may be necessary to click on the picture a second to get a version that will enable zooming. Alternatively, there should be a “view full size” option below the picture, to the right of the screen.

The consultation on this second phase of Seafront Enhancements has now closed and we will publish the updated plan as soon as it is available.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed their thoughts and opinions.


The analysis of the original consultation responses can be viewed here.


MCCT New chair

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At a recent meeting of Minehead Coastal Community Team, Katrina Midgley was elected as its Chair for the coming year.

Members of MCCT recognise the need for the group to be more visibly rooted in the community and, as leader of a local community organisation, Engage Voluntary Sector Development, Katrina brings a wealth of experience to the role.

MCCT priorities for this year include consulting with the community to refresh the Minehead Economic Plan, and a review of membership and governance.

Minehead Seafront Survey

Minehead Seafront – East Area Refurbishments 2018

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We now have an architect working with us to design refurbishments to enhance the Eastern Esplanade – the section near the West Somerset Railway terminus, and held the first consultation with Minehead community groups on 26 March.