Big win for Chard

Tonight a major investment boost was announced for Chard town centre. South Somerset District Council has been working on a regeneration scheme for Chard around the Boden Mill area of town for some time. Unlike the tentative steps to proceed with a similar scheme in Yeovil, the Chard scheme has been full steam ahead.

Work resumed safely in April on the site as contractors were able to return to the site. SSDC claim that they were able to carry out Covid-19 risk assessments and adopt of new working practices to make this safe.

The sheet piling for the new swimming pool now completed, and work has started on the foundations for the main building.

SSDC applied for a grant of £1m to be match funded to help with the work on Chard town centre. They have now been advised by Historic England that the full amount requested would be awarded. This means that approximately £2m will be invested in and around Fore Street over a four year period.

Councillor Jason Baker, SSDC portfolio holder for the Chard Regeneration Scheme and Chair of Chard Town Council welcomed the news. “Investing approximately £2 million in the high street over the next four years will make a huge difference in what we can do to improve the area and bring footfall to the town centre of Chard.”

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