The pedestrian walkway through the archway to the George Shopping Centre has been partially blocked off, due to safety concerns of a large overhead wooden beam. A statement on the official Facebook page for the George Hotel, which changed ownership at the beginning of January, states: ‘We ‘re not closing, we are keeping the passers by safe. The beam above our heads is not safe and is being dealt with by our lovely team of builders over the next few weeks.’

The landmark hotel in the centre of the town was bought by South Coast Inns Ltd and a new management company took over the running of the hotel in March. South Somerset District Council recently granted approval for internal alterations to be carried out on the first floor, converting five bedrooms into three with ensuite facilities. Councillors were not aware of any other planning applications having been submitted for the George Hotel, which is a grade 11 listed building in a conservation area. They were advised recently that internal alterations had been carried out in the Lamplighter’s bar.

Employees at the George Hotel are now classed as workers, following new zero hour contracts issued to all staff members last month, by the management company. At the time, staff expressed their shock with the new work contracts but have recently confirmed that their holiday pay which was owed, up to that point, had been paid by South Coast Inns Ltd. Crewkerne Headlines And Topics have invited the management company for their comments on several occasions but at the time of this news story going to press, had not received any replies.

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