The road in Market Square, to the left of the town hall, is to remain closed during the Wednesday Market. Town councillors discussed the matter in depth at the recent meeting of the full town council, which was chaired by the town’s Mayor, councillor Robin Pailthorpe. Deputy Mayor, councillor Ben Hodgson pointed out that with the reduced number of stalls currently attending the Wednesday market, traders were calling to open the road again. Deputy town clerk Laura Gowers confirmed that South West Coaches, who run service 96 from Chard to Yeovil via Crewkerne would be pleased to see the road open but would need 56 days notice, so that new bus timetables could be printed, to announce the change in bus stop.
The bus company is unable to access the Kings Arms bus stop in Market Square on a Wednesday during the market and currently picks up passengers from the bus stop in Church Street. Councillor Angie Singleton said that changing bus stops was confusing for the elderly. She supported keeping the road closed adding: “The town needs a decent bus stop.” The Mayor was concerned that if the road was opened and the Wednesday market picked up, then they may have to close the road again, which would add to the confusion. He was also mindful of the safety issues for market traders and customers, with heavy lorries coming through again. He said: “The fast moving traffic concerns me.”
It was therefore proposed that the road remain closed on a Wednesday, before and during the market, with a review of the situation in six months time. The motion was seconded and carried by the majority of town councillors present.