Painting by Jane Horner






14 September 2018

This is the first of a weekly update to keep residents and the surrounding villages up-to-date with progress on the damaged building in the centre of the town following the raid on the cash point in August. It is being done on behalf of many involved behind the scenes and those traders and businesses the community really value and support. There is a great deal going on, and it’s good to share information.
The county council, CG Fry and sons, West Dorset District Council (WDDC) and Beaminster Town Council are working with the owner of the property and the loss adjuster to, where possible, reduce the impact of the reconstruction work.
What’s happened so far
So to assure – the Loss Adjuster, the engineering experts, the building control service, planning, highways – and others – there are a lot of people involved who all have the same aim – to work to get things back to normal as soon as is possible.
1. CG Fry and Sons have completed their temporary works design to prop up the structure and to ensure a safe working environment for workers. This has been passed to the scaffolders
2. Scaffolders are developing the design for the work that will be agreed for planning regulations – this should be completed by next week.
3. Highways are on standby to work with the scaffold arrangement to ensure the best possible flow of traffic
4. WDDC have looked at offering free time-limited parking to help mitigate the impact on the square. Information will be released next week.
All those involved are offering whatever advice or expertise each other needs and this weekly update (it might be more frequent at this stage as plans progress) is being put together to provide a central point for information. What will follow is also a Question and Answer sheet since we see there are some questions particularly on social media which can be answered for all to have sight of.
Next steps
Once the scaffolding design is agreed Dorset Highways will work out how to best manage traffic through the town. This will include temporary road markings and clear signage. This will be in consultation with the contractors and town council.
The traffic management and scaffold can then be put in place ready for work to start. Information about timescales will be publicised once they are known.
A number of channels will be used to keep residents and visitors up-to-date with progress:
• Weekly updates in poster format to be displayed in the town
• Social Media – Facebook and twitter
• Local community websites
• Local newspapers




Local residents may be aware of our recent memorial testing at the cemetery.
If you have any concerns or questions relating to this please do not hesitate to contact our
officers in the Council Office who will be more than happy to help you with this matter.




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Painting by Jane Horner
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