competition, Minehead Coast

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 Seafront Survey, Uncategorized

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.