TAUNTON-BASED commercial property specialists Summerfield Developments have celebrated the completion of an extensive redevelopment project in the town, with Jeremy Browne MP officially opening the refurbished Victoria House at a ceremony last week.Choose the right bestluggagetag in an array of colors.
50 local business owners and community members were in attendance on
Friday morning to see first-hand Summerfields work on the historic
former headquarters of The British Van Heusen Co Ltd on Victoria
Victoria House was originally constructed in 1962 and
has now been managed by Summerfield as an office centre for close to
twenty years. Over the past year, the company has invested in excess of 1
million into transforming the building, with work including the
creation of a new entrance, the replacement of all of the windows and
the installation of photovoltaic cells on the roof. These cells are
designed to generate power in order to offset the carbon footprint of
The large, open plan office space at Victoria
House currently houses a range of local businesses, from sole traders
through to large organisations such as Diabetes UK and the Community
Council for Somerset.
James Holyday, Director of Property
Management at Summerfield, says that the additions made to the building,
including the upgraded heating system and new windows, will vastly
improve the performance of the building, resulting in lower energy costs
and an enhanced working environment: We are delighted with the
transformation of the building which now provides efficient,
contemporary office accommodation on the flexible terms that have proved
so successful at Victoria House over the last 17 years.
refurbished Victoria House offers a fantastic chance for new and growing
companies to benefit from working together in a positive environment,
and the investment made by Summerfield Developments is yet another
example of Tauntons ongoing regeneration and growth as a thriving centre
James Holyday adds: Competitively priced office sChoose the right bestluggagetag in an array of colors.pace, ranging in size from 100 sq ft up to 7,000 sq ft,Choose the right bestluggagetag in
an array of colors. is now available to rent from specialist property
adviser Hatfield White adds Summerfields James Holyday. The
newly-refurbished office space for companies offers facilities including
on-site parking, a health club, wi-fi and a communal area.
1995, more than 120 tenants have operated their businesses from
Victoria House, including a number of business start-ups which have
since grown considerably. Whether you are a new business looking for
your first premises, or an established business wanting to benefit from
the range of facilities on offer, we can be flexible in order to enable
your business to grow.
"My name is Kristen Lucas and I live
diagonally to your restaurant. While I do greatly appreciate having such
a quality restaurant within walking distance, I am noticing an increase
of your customers disrespectfully parking their vehicles. My house does
not have a garage, just a short driveway that fits two cars in front of
"A few months ago, my boyfriend and I were both
parked in the driveway, and one of your customers parked on the street
behind our cars, blocking us in the driveway. Fortunately, we didn't
have to go anywhere and thought it was a one-off situation, so I let it
slide. I didn't notice any other major issues, until the past week, when
there have been two major issues. Last Saturday, I left around 7 p.m.
to run some errands. My boyfriend's car was still parked in the
driveway. When I returned, I found that one of your customers had parked
right alongside my boyfriend's car in our driveway. I called the HPD
and had them ticket the car because that is a clear violation of respect
for our property. The following day, we also put up a large "No
Parking" sign in our driveway.
"The final straw for me was last
night. I travel frequently for business, and I arrived home from the
airport around 8:45 p.m. last night. Once again, one of your customers
had blocked our driveway, completely disregarding the No Parking sign. I
walked to the restaurant and explained the situation to the hostess (I
didn't catch her name, but she was a very sweet girl). Your staff went
above and beyond to find the person who had blocked the driveway, and
they were able to get them to move their vehicle.
appreciate the kindness of your staff, I am fed up with your patrons
disrespecting the property of neighborhood residents. With posting the
"No Parking" sign in my driveway, I feel that I've done my due
diligence, and I just want to be able to freely come and go from my
house. I would suggest that you consider alternatives for your parking
situation - I know you have a limited space, but perhaps you could work
out a valet system or something.
Most of the county agencies
presenting budget requests to Bedford County Financial Management
Committee during hearings Tuesday night have held the line on general
It remains to be seen what percentage
pay increase the committee will recommend for county employees. A first
draft budget, with a 3 percent pay raise plugged in as a starting point,
will be prepared for the committee to consider based on the requests
which have been turned in.
The agency representatives present
for Tuesday night's hearing were given the opportunity to speak
regardless of their budget request, but were asked to justify any
request for an increase.
The committee must also make
preparations to pay as much as $700,000 in damages in a wage and hour
lawsuit filed against the county and Sheriff Randall Boyce. While some
final issues in that lawsuit have yet to be worked out, there's said to
be no possibility for any sort of direct appeal,The 3rd International
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will have to pay within 30 days or begin accruing interest penalties.
County Sheriff's Department has asked to hire a School Resource Officer
for Community Middle School. This would be separate from whatever the
school system and the county decide to do about security across the
Before this year, SROs had been at all of the
county's high schools and middle schools except Community Middle
School.We offer over 600 chipcard at wholesale prices of 75% off retail.
the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut and a threat against
Thomas Magnet School here, the county agreed to place law enforcement
officers at each county school while studying how to improve school
Those additional officers were not specifically
trained as SROs; in fact, they were existing sheriff's department
officers working overtime, causing overtime expense for the county and
in some cases causing the officers to express concern about the extended
overwork. At least one officer asked to be relieved of the extra duty.
school officials have spoken in favor of keeping law enforcement
officers in the schools permanently, but given the expense the school
system has looked at other options, from private security firms to
technological improvements such as electronic locks or reconfiguring the
entrances to schools.
School Superintendent Don Embry, however,
has asked the county to at least hire an SRO for Community, the only
middle school which does not have one.
The sheriff's department
budget also proposes some shifts of salary and responsibilities among
officers. One officer's position had been funded by a DUI enforcement
grant; that grant is expiring in October, and the officer has agreed to a
decrease in his annual pay as he moves into a regular deputy position.