Plans to upgrade Portishead Precinct have been announced by North Somerset Council.

The council has identified funding from Section 106 developer contributions to give the precinct at the end of Portishead High Street a much-needed facelift.

The £102,000 scheme will involve removing the existing slabs and replacing them with smaller more modern slabs, plus any associated drainage works and some landscaping.

The council plans to carry out the work in the summer and complete it by the autumn.

Before then it will consult with local businesses and partners, such as Portishead in Bloom, on the final look of the scheme and how the works will be carried out to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum and access is maintained to businesses in the area.

“We recognise how important the upkeep of this busy public area in the heart of the town centre is to local people,” said Cllr David Pasley, the council’s executive member for asset management. “We have listened to the local community and, as a result, have been able to identify suitable funding from developer contributions which will enable us to give the precinct the upgrade it needs.”

The council’s contractors Skanska will be carrying out the work and, under new contractual arrangements, will be looking to employ as much local labour as possible and find efficiencies in the delivery of the scheme to help reduce costs.