WORK to complete the demolition of the former Poundstretcher store in Taunton is continuing this week.

Part of the premises was bulldozed in September before work was halted.

Now a demolition team is back on site removing the rest of the buildings.

It comes shortly after a planning application was posted on behalf of the owners on the Somerset West and Taunton Council website.

The application, which was for the retention of the part works already undertaken, seeks to create a temporary car park on the riverside site, which Poundstretcher vacated in August last year.

If granted, cars would access the 48-space car park via Wood Street.

A statement accompanying the application says the premises has been "subject to continued trespass, vandalism and rough sleeping" since it became vacant.

It adds: "The applicants have held discussions with the planning authority (SWT) about possible residential, but have still not got any firm plans.

"Accordingly, at the moment they want to demolish the building and use the site as a car park in the interim period until they firm up some redevelopment proposals.

"As part of these redevelopment proposals they would be able to provide a path alongside the river."

READ MORE: Car park plans for former Poundstretcher site in Taunton.