Nunney Parish Council has agreed unanimously to proceed with plans to erect a shelter in the Market Place, despite losing an appeal against rejected listed building consent.
Councillor Ron Warwick proposed in the August meeting of Nunney Parish Council that to proceed with the construction of a shelter in the Market Place, but without lowering the wall.
Although questionably considered an integral part of the listed bridge, the wall was constructed of much inferior rubble – and is now falling apart in some places.
The Parish Council had therefore proposed to make a virtue out of necessity and build a multi-purpose shelter over a lowered section of the wall in keeping with the location at the heart of a conservation area.
Following objections from some Market Place residents and a petition wrongly based on plans already rejected outright by the Parish Council, listed building consent was rejected by Mendip District Council.
Although the Parish Council lost its subsequent appeal, it only needed consent to lower the unsafe section of the wall – not for constructing a shelter to replace the dilapidated, much larger bus shelter that previously stood in the Market Place.
Parish Councillors agreed unanimously that the shelter should be an asset to the village and enhance the Market Place. They also concluded that the previously proposed open-sided, wood-framed structure was still the ideal.
Other projects in the village will be affected by how much money is spent on the shelter, for which £17,500 is ear-marked.
The wall in the Market Place will now be repaired, but not until the shelter is in place and finances allow.