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Minehead BID bunting

30 July 2019 : Community

Somerset West and Taunton Council (SWT) has been working with the Minehead Business Improvement District (BID) to brighten up the town centre.

SWT ensured the infrastructure was in place for bunting funded by the BID to be put up in Minehead shopping streets as part of its plans to improve the trading environment.

Minehead BID Manager Andrew Hopkins negotiated the help from SWT which used a platform vehicle to replace old hooks used when bunting was last installed a decade ago.

BID volunteers were then assisted with the bunting by local SWT members Cllr Paul Bolton, Cllr Craig Palmer and Cllr Terry Venner.

Minehead BID aims to raise the profile of Minehead as a destination for both retail and tourism, to increase footfall, and ensure the viability of the town for all stakeholders.

Graham Sizer, Chairperson of the Minehead BID, said: "The bunting looks terrific. Where it all became very much easier to install was the unexpected offer from our new Council to use their manpower over three evenings when the day's traffic had subsided.

Then suddenly, knowing BID needed help on the ground to actually hang the bunting, three SWT Councillors turned up in hi-vis jackets, and it was all over in half the time.

It was a wonderful joint effort, the sort of thing that normally happens when it's village carnival time. "

Cllr Marcus Kravis, Executive Member for Economic Development at SWT, said: “This was a great example of how the whole community can work together for the greater good.

The bunting will bring a splash of colour to Minehead during the busy summer season and shows that people really care about their town. SWT is proud that it was able to support this initiative and demonstrate its commitment to the Minehead BID.”