In the next few weeks we will see some river access steps created above the weir, the site cleared and the ground workers strip back the site to prepare it ready for piling rigs to pile the foundations for the build
The main path will again be closed, however we are upgrading the alternative path where necessary.
There will be a hive of activity for the next few months and we will post regular photos and news updates
Due to circumstances outside our control construction work has been at a standstill for the past five weeks. This has been due to complications with a legal agreement between Taunton Deane Borough Council and Western Power Distribution whose major underground power cables run straight through the building site and under the river and then across Longrun Meadow. Thankfully the legal paperwork is now resolved and construction work can recommence in the New Year.
Aside the obvious disappointment this long delay has caused there are positives to report and ongoing design development has meant that contractor South West Highways has been able to investigate methods to speed up the build time to help compensate for this unanticipated delay. This week the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People awarded COACH a grant for £9,660. This is to purchase canoe and kayaking equipment that can be used for beginner school groups and for children with Special Educational needs.
In addition to this Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) have agreed to fund 2 full time apprentices to work at COACH. They will initially support school and community groups. As they gain qualifications and confidence they will lead activity sessions.
We will announce specific dates when we have them however the Trustees of COACH have made the decision to open up the footpath through the site until work on site recommences in the New Year.
We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.
COACH is pleased to announce that South West Highway Build our contractor has started on site. The site has been set up and the toilet block has been demolished. In the 1st month we will see the site compound established, the old toilet block demolished, the piles dug for the foundations and the steel work frame starting to be erected. COACH is a charity (Registered Charity No 1154680), that draws together a wide range of community, sports, education and youth interested groups to provide a hub in the centre of Taunton for a range of activities of social benefit. The vision of the founders of COACH is to enable the creation, on French Weir Park, of a dynamic link, encouraging an active lifestyle and community participation, working with key partners to provide a needed facility. It has grown from a synergy between TDBC, Project Taunton and a group of sports, youth and community groups. It is important to stress that this will be an inclusive project, potential users will not be excluded on the basis of cost or access, and the facility will have, as a part of its objects, the requirement to reach out to all groups who could benefit from using COACH