THE multi-million pound Coal Orchard development in Taunton has received yet another setback after workers walked off site over a pay dispute.

The latest problem comes after the completion of the riverside project is already more than a year behind schedule due to Covid restrictions, issues with building supplies and labour shortages.

And it means the contractor, Midas Construction, is unlikely to meet its most recent target handover date of March this year.

Workers downed tools this week after claiming they had not been paid.

A source said decorators could be back on site by Monday, but the rest of the workforce is expected to stay away for at least another fortnight.

Shops, restaurants, workspaces and apartments are being constructed on the site, which is owned by Somerset West and Taunton Council (SWT).

The project will feature "significant improvements to public spaces around the site, including a terrace down to the river, creating a plaza at the water's edge".

Referring to this week's stoppage, SWT executive member for economic development, said: "SWT is investigating this news with a meeting with the contractor.

"The council continues to meet all of its financial obligations and there has been no interruption to payments from the council.

"The expectation is for the contractor to pay all subcontractors and suppliers on receipt of council funds.

“We remain committed to delivering this flagship redevelopment scheme despite the challenging labour and materials market.”

We have contacted Midas Construction for a comment.