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18th November 2021

High Street Heritage Action Zone works begin in Chard

Following the opening success of the new leisure centre, and the start of the public realm improvements to the town centre, the HSHAZ work has now begun in Chard.

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4th November 2021

Public Realm improvements update from Alun Griffiths

View the latest updates to the town centre public realm improvement work in the November newsletter from Principal Contractor Alun Griffiths

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12th October 2021

Chard Leisure Centre set to welcome visitors in November as opening date is set

Residents of Chard and across Somerset are set to swim, splash and get social at the new Chard Leisure Centre, which is scheduled to open its doors on 8 November.

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27th August 2021

Chard high street is open for Heritage Open Days 2021

Heritage Open Days 2021 is taking place this September, so join your community to celebrate the heritage on your doorstep!

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20th July 2021

Celebrating Chard’s Archaeology

The Festival of Archaeology runs from Saturday 17 July to Sunday 1 August. This year the theme is 'exploring local places' and, as 20th July is High Streets Day, we wanted to help you explore the archaeology at the heart of Chard.

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17th June 2021

Council completes eco-friendly car park extension in Chard

Boden Street car park in Chard has received an ‘eco-friendly’ face lift with a new type of surfacing and low energy lighting bringing many benefits.

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19th March 2021

Ambitious and exciting plans to improve Chard town centre unveiled

Work is pressing ahead with exciting plans that will help to regenerate Chard town centre and see improvement to the town centre’s street space in conjunction with the new leisure centre project.

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17th February 2021

Holyrood Street public consultation sees changes to final designs

A public consultation designed to give the public an opportunity to have their say on proposed public realm changes to Holyrood Street in Chard has resulted in changes to the final designs.

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20th November 2020

Area West Committee help fund new gateway into Chard

Chard residents are set to see a new gateway into the town centre following a decision from Councillors to help fund the project from the Area West Committee capital reserve funds.

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11th November 2020

Contractors appointed for construction of public realm areas across regeneration sites

Four contractors have been appointed that will help to deliver public realm improvements across South Somerset District Council’s regeneration sites of Chard, Wincanton and Yeovil.

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15th November 2020

Leisure centre in Chard rises from the ground and still set to open before the end of 2021

Eight months in to the leisure centre build at the Chard Regeneration site and progress is continuing at a quick pace which will see the centre open in late 2021, with the assistance of building contractor Speller Metcalfe.

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8th June 2020

Chard Regeneration Continues – new leisure centre takes shape

Great progress is continuing to be made on the construction of a new leisure centre at the Boden Mill site in Chard.

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18th September 2019

Chard set to benefit from Historic High Street fund investment

Chard town centre will benefit from a Historic High Street fund investment, after Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan announced 69 towns across the country set for a £95 million heritage boost.

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20th May 2019

Redevelopment of Boden Mill site takes step forward as planning application submitted

The redevelopment of the Boden Mill site within Chard town centre and the delivery of community facilities has taken a step forward following the submission of a full planning and listed building consent application.

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6th March 2019

Boden Mill site plans to be unveiled at Chard consultation event that's open to all

Details of the plans for the Boden Mill site, which includes the first concept for the new leisure centre, will be revealed at a public consultation event taking place on Saturday 16 March.

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21st December 2018

Development partners and architects are appointed to build leisure facility in Chard

SSDC has appointed leisure development specialists, Alliance Leisure, to work with multi-award architecture and building consultancy practice, AHR, whose Bristol team will bring the project forward from concept to design.

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17th October 2018

Chard – Regeneration and Beyond: Success with more planned for the future

More than 40 representatives from local businesses took part in an event on Wednesday 26 September, which gave them a chance to learn more about Chard Regeneration and how they can be at the heart of it.

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11th July 2018

Chard Regeneration Scheme: Five great things you have told us so far…

It comes after a successful launch of our public consultation which was attended by more than 500 residents at the Guildhall in June which offered an opportunity to learn more about the Chard Regeneration Scheme.

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9th November 2021

New Leisure Centre opens to the public

Councillors and community members were joined yesterday (Monday 8 November) by Commonwealth gold medal-winning swimmer, Matthew Clay, for the opening of the new Chard Leisure centre.

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20th October 2021

Your views are needed - have your say on the future of Chard

Residents and businesses are invited to share their thoughts on the draft Future Chard Strategy 2021-2035 at the upcoming consultation

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15th September 2021

Latest update newsletter from Alun Griffiths

Griffiths has been appointed Principal Contractor by South Somerset District Council to construct public realm improvements in Chard town centre and is providing updates on progress in a series of newsletters.

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17th August 2021

Town centre improvement work to commence in Chard with contractor appointed

The way the high street in Chard looks is set to change in the coming months with a contractor appointed to undertake public realm improvement works.

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30th June 2021

Councillors to consider plans to unlock further funding for Chard Regeneration

South Somerset District Council’s District Executive is to consider a proposal to unlock further funding which will allow its proposals for regenerating Chard to be fully achieved.

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19th May 2021

Chard’s High Street awarded £80,000 for Cultural Programme

SSDC, Chard Town Council and Somerset Art Works, on behalf of a consortium of local partners, are delighted to reveal we have been awarded £80,000 from Historic England as part of the Chard High Street Heritage Action Zone.

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16th March 2021

Continuing to deliver our Regeneration Programmes for your benefit

Continuing the Regeneration Programmes in ChardWincanton and Yeovil is one of South Somerset District Council’s priority projects for the coming year.

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23rd November 2020

Holyrood Street future parking proposals: Your chance to give your views

As part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone project, we want to make improvements to Holyrood Street and we want to hear your views on our proposals.

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17th November 2020

Next steps to begin on new Chard leisure centre ahead of autumn 2021 opening

Following the successful completion of structural frame, the exciting next steps for the new Chard leisure centre are due to begin.

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7th November 2020

Chard Regeneration site ‘A shining example of best practice’

South Somerset District Council’s Chard Regeneration Scheme contractors, Speller Metcalfe, have received recognition for being committed to being a ‘considerate constructor’.

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19th September 2020

Funding secured for historic high street recovery

From Redruth to Gloucester, 10 historic high streets across the South West have been offered government funding to give them a new lease of life and help them recover from declining footfall and the impact of COVID-19.

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6th March 2020

Temporary closure of car park signals start of the works on exciting new leisure centre

The temporary closure of the Marketfield car park in Chard will officially mark the start of construction work on the new leisure centre for Chard, that is set to be delivered in spring 2021 as part of the Chard Regeneration project.

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3rd September 2019

Major regeneration project in the heart of Chard gets the seal of approval

A major regeneration project in Chard which will see a new leisure facility built in the town, has been approved by South Somerset District Council’s Area West Committee and Regulation Committee.

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18th April 2019

Chard Regen consultation event unveils detailed plans to more than 500 people

Detailed plans for the Boden Mill site in Chard were unveiled to over 500 people that attended a consultation event on the Chard Regeneration Scheme in March.

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6th February 2019

Have your say on Chard’s Fore Street development

South Somerset District Council recently acquired some disused garden land to the rear of 30 Fore Street as part of the Chard Regeneration scheme.

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21st December 2018

Chard students help inform research for Chard Regeneration Scheme

Geography students from Holyrood Academy in Chard have been finding out what appeals to the younger generation in the town and have fed the results back to SSDC to consider as part of the Chard Regeneration Scheme.

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5th September 2018

Chard – Regeneration and Beyond: Invite to local businesses to get involved

Do you want to be part of an exciting networking group looking at how local businesses can be at the heart of the initiative to regenerate Chard?

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16th June 2018

Community gathers for Chard Refresh consultation

Residents and businesses gathered at the Guildhall today (Saturday 16 June) to view the exciting proposals to regenerate Chard and give their views on the various elements of the scheme.