PASSERS by beside the derelict Firepool site in Taunton have been doing a double take this week.

Workers have been on site, but there's no sign of any building work yet - more than 11 years after Taunton Market closed on the site and moved to North Petherton.

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Several proposals have come and gone and the latest £825,000 project involves clearing up the land for future development when it finally arrives.

The surface of the ground is being broken up and a more sightly grassed area will be laid to make it easier on the eye.

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The "site enabling activities" will "adequately secure the site and enhance the physical environment", according to a recent statement from the council.

The work, which also includes putting in a new access road, will take place in phases between this month and October.

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It will allow pedestrian and cycle access between the town centre and the railway station through the creation of a temporary boulevard.