MORE improvements to a town centre in South Somerset started at the beginning of this month.

Work began on November 1 in Wine Street, Yeovil, to help make the town centre more accessible.

The works will make the pedestrianisation of the street a permanent feature, with new paving, drainage works and a 'freshening up' of the environment.

The work is due to be complete by Christmas this year.

All local shops and businesses on the street will still be able to be accessed while the work is being carried out.

The improvements are being made as part of the Yeovil Refresh scheme.

Cllr Peter Gubbins, executive member for Yeovil Refresh, said: “I am very pleased to see work to Yeovil town centre advancing.

"The safety of residents and visitors as they move or congregate around the town is a top priority and the pedestrianisation of Wine Street is a step towards ensuring this.

"The new paving and refresh of the environment will make the area more appealing and will make travelling through the town centre a more pleasant experience for everyone.”

South West Highways (SWH) Ltd have been appointed to carry out this work in Wine Street, as well as the work scheduled at The Triangle later this month.

Abie Hearn, divisional manager for SWH, added: “It’s great to be a part of the Yeovil Refresh project and get started on the improvement works on Wine Street.

"These works will make a big difference to this part of the town and we’re looking forward to continuing to work with South Somerset District Council, local residents and businesses to really enhance this area.”

There are a total of six areas of the town centre which will see changes as part of Yeovil Refresh, including Westminster Street, The Borough, upper Middle Street (including Wine Street), Middle Street (East), Middle Street (West) and The Triangle.

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Work is expected to start at The Triangle this month, and to be complete by Autumn 2022. Changes to the triangle will include the creation of an amphitheatre, installation of a water feature, installation of a large screen, laying of stone paving and ornamental planting and tidying up of the area.