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Update on work to repair building after ATM theft

Around £6,500 has been awarded to Beaminster to help market the town and support tonight's Christmas lights switch on and festive activities.

It's after an attempted ATM theft in August caused part of a town centre building to collapse, with repair work still ongoing.

Since then the council and other agencies have been working hard to support the town.

Traders affected have been given business relief.

Anthony Alford, leader of West Dorset District Council said:  "The Loss Adjuster Officer from the insurance company has overall responsibility for the project and the councils continue to push for progress on this matter.

"We have issued free parking at Yarn Barton car park, contributed financially to community support and granted rate relief to local businesses to support them through this challenging time.

"The allocation of these funds demonstrate our commitment to promote Beaminster as a great place to visit. 

"Beaminster has one of the best squares in the county to enjoy independent cafes and shops and enjoy the wonderful historic atmosphere of the town.

"The council has been in contact with those businesses whose trade has been affected. 

"We have rewarded 100% relief from 18 August to 18 February. We have also advised businesses to stay in touch."

Rebecca Knox, leader of Dorset County Council, said: "From a highways perspective, our team is ensuring the Loss Adjuster Officer from the insurance company is taking responsibility for all aspects of the project.

"We are pleased to say that with our input we were able to ensure the scaffolding and site compound were designed well; a two way traffic flow on the A3066 and a simple system in and out of Fleet Street.

"We regularly visit the site to ensure that road users and pedestrians can safely travel.”

"The A3066 was due for resurfacing. These will be done after the works are completed. 

"The car park area is regularly inspected and patched to keep it in reasonable condition.

"The District Council's Conservation Officers have met and advised the owner of the property affected."

For details about tonight's Christmas lights switch on  click here

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