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Future vision sees Street as hub of education in Somerset

By Central Somerset Gazette  |  Posted: October 11, 2012

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A future vision of Street as the educational centre of Somerset was unveiled this week.

Time to Plan, a consultation document produced by Mendip District Council, highlights a number of improvements for Glastonbury and Street until 2026 and 2028.

The document forms the basis for consultations and aims to get the public discussing the future for their towns and villages.

Street is crying out for more cafés, restaurants, pubs, facilities for young people and more food shopping, according to the document.

While Glastonbury is in need of a more diverse economy, has a lack of affordable accommodation and leisure facilities and suffers at the hands of heavy transport through the town. This could all change with the launch of the new Mendip District Local Plan.

The plan says that by 2026, the Morlands Enterprise Park will be complete and residents will have a wide range of shops and services.

Glastonbury’s tourism potential will have been realised and there will be a network of cycle paths and footpaths to allow easy and safe access to all parts of town.

All the town’s allotments will be used to their full potential and brownfield land will be used to make sure there are no further developments on the town’s floodplains.

There will be 1,000 new homes in the town, and 1,050 new jobs.

The council also hope to see more small scale shopping space created in the town, as well as 2,500 square metres of office space, among other improvements.

Street would also face major changes, with Strode College acting as a hub of education for Somerset and Crispin School being moved to a new site.

A new primary school is also on the cards.

New homes, jobs and play facilities will also be created, and the High Street will be considered one of the most stable in the district, with public spaces for events.

Crispin Hall will also be extensively renovated and will return to its roots as a community space for the whole village to use and enjoy.

In total 1,300 new homes will be created in the village, along with 850 new jobs at Street Business Park and in a number of new, smaller businesses.

A copy of the Time to Plan documents can be seen on the www.mendip.gov.uk website, or obtained from the district council’s information points.

What do you think of Mendip District Council’s vision for Street and Glastonbury for the not-too-distant future?

Email editor@midsomnews.co.uk or write to Letters to the Editor, Central Somerset Gazette, Southover, Wells BA5 1UH.

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  • nigant  |  October 11 2012, 2:12PM

    I forgot to mention food shopping. How many major stores do they want! Tesco, Sainsbury, Lidl, Morrisons nearby and a new Tesco about to open on the Morlands site, as well as another hotel and restaurant.

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  • nigant  |  October 11 2012, 2:02PM

    So, Street is crying out for more cafes and restaurants is it? Have they actually had a look lately? I doubt it, as we have a great many of each, probably more than there should be and some will probably vanish in the near future. Clark's Village have just opened a new section and all the new ventures in the High Street recently have been restaurants. Maybe Mendip should wake up, get out and about a bit and see what we really need. Maybe a council that listens to what the voters want, weed free roads, less anti-socilal behaviour, more frequent bin collections, roads and pavements kept in decent order - yes I know that is County, but they do have a say- more police on the streets when they are needed, Environmental Health that actually does it's job and doesn't ignore complaints and generally do what a council should, rather than come up with more idiotic pipe dreams that will never happen. Morlands finished by 2026, how many times have we heard that, Mary Hart would be laughing in her grave at that one! As they are short of money anyway, where will all the funding come from? I did wonder if it was April Fools Day early.

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  • nigant  |  October 11 2012, 2:02PM

    So, Street is crying out for more cafes and restaurants is it? Have they actually had a look lately? I doubt it, as we have a great many of each, probably more than there should be and some will probably vanish in the near future. Clark's Village have just opened a new section and all the new ventures in the High Street recently have been restaurants. Maybe Mendip should wake up, get out and about a bit and see what we really need. Maybe a council that listens to what the voters want, weed free roads, less anti-socilal behaviour, more frequent bin collections, roads and pavements kept in decent order - yes I know that is County, but they do have a say- more police on the streets when they are needed, Environmental Health that actually does it's job and doesn't ignore complaints and generally do what a council should, rather than come up with more idiotic pipe dreams that will never happen. Morlands finished by 2026, how many times have we heard that, Mary Hart would be laughing in her grave at that one! As they are short of money anyway, where will all the funding come from? I did wonder if it was April Fools Day early.

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  • nigant  |  October 11 2012, 2:02PM

    So, Street is crying out for more cafes and restaurants is it? Have they actually had a look lately? I doubt it, as we have a great many of each, probably more than there should be and some will probably vanish in the near future. Clark's Village have just opened a new section and all the new ventures in the High Street recently have been restaurants. Maybe Mendip should wake up, get out and about a bit and see what we really need. Maybe a council that listens to what the voters want, weed free roads, less anti-socilal behaviour, more frequent bin collections, roads and pavements kept in decent order - yes I know that is County, but they do have a say- more police on the streets when they are needed, Environmental Health that actually does it's job and doesn't ignore complaints and generally do what a council should, rather than come up with more idiotic pipe dreams that will never happen. Morlands finished by 2026, how many times have we heard that, Mary Hart would be laughing in her grave at that one! As they are short of money anyway, where will all the funding come from? I did wonder if it was April Fools Day early.

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