March 2008 Burnham-On-Sea News Archive

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Pubs pass underage drinking test
AN UNDERCOVER operation carried out by Trading Standards officers and police in Burnham-On-Sea over the weekend has found pubs in the town centre are not willing to break the law by selling alcohol to under-age drinkers. A special operation on Friday evening (March 28th) saw two volunteer teenagers - aged fifteen and sixteen - try to illegally buy drinks. More...

New oil spill probe in Mark
The Environment Agency was called to investigate a second oil spill in Mark, near Burnham-On-Sea. A resident spotted what was thought to be more oil in a rhyne on Monday morning (March 31st) and alerted the Agency. Animal rescue centre Secret World was contacted and checked out if any wildlife was affected. More...

Shop window contest to start
OVER 30 Burnham-On-Sea town centre businesses are taking part in a 'spot the odd item in the shop window' competition during April. The competition, run by Burnham-On-Sea Chamber Of Trade, will involve items that firms do not sell being put into their windows. More...

High Street gets a spring clean
BURNHAM-On-Sea's pavements should be looking a lot cleaner this week after the town's bi-annual street wash got underway. Contractors working for Sedgemoor District Council are completing the first cleaning session of the year along the High Street, pictured here. More...

1,000 music fans flock to Brean
OVER one thousand Queen fans descended on Brean at the weekend for the 23rd annual Queen Fan Club Convention. The three-day event, held at Pontins holiday camp, attracted fans from all over the world, including from as far away as America and Australia. More...

John introduces summer time!
Photo special: ANYONE annoyed about losing an hour's sleep on Sunday (March 30th) should spare a thought for 79-year-old John Comer who has to climb the steep tower of St Andrew's Church in Burnham to turn forward the clock's hands. Mr Comer oversees the clock. More...

Burnham hit by power cut
THOUSANDS of homes across Burnham-On-Sea were without power on Saturday night (March 29th) after a "major" electricty cut. Western Power Distribution confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com that a fault had occurred just after 7pm, affecting 3,000 homes across Burnham. More...

Fireworks light up Brean skies
THE skies above Brean were lit up with fireworks on Saturday night (March 29th) when the resort's leisure park held the first of a series of four displays. Heavy rain throughout Saturday dented the size of the crowds watching, but the spectators enjoyed the display. More...

Motorist in hospital after crash
A MOTORIST was rushed to hospital on Saturday evening (March 29th) after an accident near Burnham-On-Sea. Burnham fire service was called at 7.27pm to a crash involving a single car in Mendip Road, Rooksbridge where one female was trapped within the vehicle. More...

New shoppers guide to launch
A FEW last places remain for Burnham-On-Sea shops wanting to bve included in the town's 2008/2009 Shoppers Guide. Burnham Chamber Of Trade is putting the finishing touches to a new version of the pocket-sized booklet, which provides an A-Z guide to the best shops. More...

Highbridge council office shuts
FINANCIAL cutbacks led to council offices in Highbridge closing down on Friday (March 28th). The Alpha House cash office in Market Street has been permanently shut by Sedgemoor District Council in order to save tens of thousands of pounds a year. More...

New delay for pool decision
A DECISION about the future of Burnham's closure-threatened swimming pool has been further delayed and will not now be made until April 8th, it was announced on Friday (March 28th). The decision has been put back due to "highly complicated legal processes." More...

Stranded vehicle towed free
RESCUERS in Burnham-On-Sea were scrambled on Friday afternoon (March 28th) after a beach surveying company's vehicle became trapped in thick mud. The high-tech quad bike was being used by Titan Environmental Surveys to carry out a number of measurements along the beach when it sank into the mud. More...

Car parking charges set to jump
CAR parking charges across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are set to increase by up to 20 per cent next week. The higher charges come into force on Tuesday (April 1st) and have been partly prompted by Sedgemoor District Council's huge £1.8m funding defecit. More...

New Pontins owners unveiled
PONTINS holiday camps at Brean and across the UK have been bought for £46 million by a Bristol company. Businessmen Clarke Osborne, Ian Smith, Graham Parr and John Parr intend to take the chain of camps - including Brean Sands, near Burnham - upmarket. More...

Moose Lodge's cash handouts
GENEROUS members of a Burnham-On-Sea fraternal group have handed over a donation of £100 to the town's rescue hovercraft charity. Members of Moose International Lodge 123 and their ladies circle made the donation after a talk on Thursday (March 27th). More...

New recycling service for town
SIX hundred households in Burnham-On-Sea will soon be able to recycle food waste, plastic bottles and cardboard items when a brand new home recycling scheme launches in the town this May. The trials for new waste and recycling collections are to be launched in Burnham by the Somerset Waste Partnership. More...

Over 200 watch town concert
MORE than 100 young people from the Burnham-On-Sea area gathered in Highbridge on Thursday evening (March 27th) to take part in a special concert organised by the town's Rotary Club. They came together for Burnham Rotary Club's 'Youth Makes Music' concert. More...

Job centre shuts for final time
BURNHAM-On-Sea's job centre closed its doors for the very last time on Wednesday afternoon (March 26th). The Job Centre Plus premises in the High Street has shut down as part of a cost-cutting "modernisation programme" by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). More...

Climate group starts in town
A NEW group has been launched in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge to promote local awareness of the risks of climate change. The Green World Trust was set up to boost public awareness of the "true nature of the major threats to the survival of the human race." More...

Gas leak drama in Burnham
A ROAD in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea was closed for several hours on Wednesday (March 26th) after a car accident caused a gas leak. Technical Street was shut for much of the day after a vehicle collisioin caused the drama in the centre of town. Fire crews and gas workers were called to the scene. More...

Motorist hurt in road accident
A MOTORIST was rushed to hospital following an accident near junction 23 of the M5 motorway for Highbridge on Wednesday morning (March 26th). Traffic was brought to a standstill around the Dunball roundabout after the morning rush hour collision involving two vehicles. More...

Caravan left in road at Brean
POLICE taped off a caravan which appeared to have been abandoned in a dangerous position on the side of a country road in Brean this week. Burnham police were called to Wick Road on Wednesday (March 26th) after the vehicle was left on the edge of the road. More...

Anger as cars keyed by vandals
Exclusive: HUNDREDS of pounds of damage was caused to vehicles in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea over the Easter weekend when vandals 'keyed' several cars, leaving them with deep scratches. Residents in Adam Street said the vehicles were so badly damaged that they now require expensive respray work. More...

£4m garden centre plans on show
PLANS for a huge £4million expansion of a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea went on show to the public for the first time on Tuesday evening (March 25th). Burnham-On-Sea.com broke the news earlier this month that Sanders Garden World at Brent Knoll is hoping to extend its premises by 35,000 square feet. More...

Police to hold store surgeries
SHOPPERS in Burnham-On-Sea will get the opportunity to speak to the town's police officers about their concerns when a series of crime surgeries is held in a town supermarket. Burnham police are to hold regular surgeries in the town's Somerfield supermarket. More...

Fireworks show this Saturday
BREAN Leisure Park has this week unveiled plans to hold a series of free fireworks displays throughout the 2008 holiday season. The first of four displays will be held this Saturday (March 29th) at 8pm with further events on May 31st, August 30th, and November 1st. More...

Pool decision delayed til April
A DECISION about the future of Burnham-On-Sea's closure-threatened swimming pool will not be made until April, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon (March 25th). Sedgemoor District Council said it expected a report to its Executive committee would be deferred until April 2nd. More...

Easter tourist trade hit by cold
BITTERLY
cold weather and an early Easter have hit Burnham-On-Sea's Easter tourist trade this week, but holidaymakers have been putting a brave face on it. Sedgemoor Tourism Association said trade among its members was down 25% and the Pavilion said its trade was down by up to 80%. More...

Tim to sing for charity at Brean
LOCAL
opera singer Tim Pitman will be raising the roof to help raise funds for charity at Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea, next month. He will be performing during an evening of entertainment at Brean Leisure Park to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society on 18th April. More...

Active Learning Centre to open
A TASTE of Tai Chi and a free buffet will be on the menu this week at the launch of a new Active Living Centre at Balliol Hall in West Huntspill, near Highbridge. Residents aged 50 are invited to the official opening on Thursday (27th March) between 10.30am and 2pm. More...

Cyclist hurt in Berrow accident
A YOUNG
cyclist was taken to hospital following an accident along a dangerous stretch of road at Berrow, near Burnham, on Sunday evening (March 23rd). Emergency services were called to Coast Road at around 6pm after a collision involving a lorry and a young cyclist opposite Berrow Church. More...

High winds topple street light
STRONG
winds on Bank Holiday Monday (March 24th) toppled a street lighting column onto a seafront pavement in Burnham-On-Sea. Council workers were quickly drafted in to remove the debris, pictured here, and to ensure that the safety of walkers was not be at risk. More...

In photos: Pub music round-up
CROWDS of music fans enjoyed a foot-tapping line-up of live music in Burnham-On-Sea over the Easter weekend. Over a dozen groups and bands performed at town centre pubs, with some of the best music at Burnham's Old Pier Tavern in the town's Pier Street.
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Big crowds watch top BMX action
In photos: OVER 350 of the UK's top BMX riders were in action in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (March 23rd) when the town's cycle track hosted the UK National BMX Championships.
Big crowds of spectators lined the track to watch the fast-paced action at Apex Wildlife Park, which is home to Burnham BMX Club. More...

Coastguards in Stert probe
BURNHAM
-On-Sea Coastguards were called out to investigate a mystery object on Stert Island on Saturday afternoon (March 22nd). Several walkers along Burnham seafront reported seeing the large white object, which appeared to be the shape and size of an upturned boat. More...

Music fans set for Brean event
OVER
one thousand Queen fans are expected to descend on Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea, for the 23rd annual Queen Fan Club Convention next weekend. The event, being held at Pontins from March 28th-31st, will attract fans from all over the world, including America. More...

Seafront pub removes decking
THE
owner of a seafront pub in Burnham-On-Sea has this week dismantled a controversial raised decking area outside his premises after losing a planning bid to retain it. Sedgemoor planners ruled last year that Chaplins on The Esplanade had breached planning regulations by installing the raised decking area. More...

Lucky escape for car driver
THE
occupants of this car had a lucky escape near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (March 21st) after apparently misjudging the steepness of a roadside verge. Burnham-On-Sea police were called to the A38 near the M5 Edithmead roundabout at around 11.00pm. More...

Post mix-up in Burnham
A BURNHAM
-On-Sea resident has called on Royal Mail to smarten up its act after she received 21 letters that were meant for other people in the town on Saturday morning (March 22nd). Liz Monday said the heap of mail was pushed through her letterbox even though it was meant for other people. More...

Sara's set for 11th marathon
A WELL
-known face at Highbridge's King Alfred Sports Centre is to run her 11th consecutive London Marathon next month for charity. Staff member Sara Marsh will be pacing the streets of London on Sunday April 13th to raise money for visually impaired children. More...

100 children ready for concert
OVER
100 young people from the Burnham-On-Sea area will gather in Highbridge next week to take part in a special concert organised by the town's Rotary Club. The schoolchildren will come together on 27th March for the Rotary's 'Youth Makes Music' concert. More...

Hot cross buns cause fire!
SEVERAL hot cross buns left unattended in a toaster caused a small fire in Highbridge on Friday morning (March 21st). A fire engine from Burnham-On-Sea was sent to Sparks Way at 11.16am after an alarm was activated in a residential home for young people. More...

Rescue groups hold open day
BURNHAM
-On-Sea's marine rescue services are inviting local youngsters to a Young Persons' Coastal Day during April when they will be able to find out more about their life-saving work. The event will be held on 26th April at the RNLI, BARB and Coastguards. More...

Anger as public loos go on sale
THE chances of a block of public loos re-opening in Burnham appear to have been flushed away after Sedgemoor District Council began inviting bids from firms interested in buying the building. The district council has begun inviting offers for the loos in Sea View Road. More...

Live music this Easter weekend
A busy weekend of Easter entertainment is in store for residents in Burnham-On-Sea, with more than a dozen bands and groups providing live music in the town. Burnham-On-Sea.com has a full preview of what's on and where across Burnham this Easter weekend.
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500 sign town car park petition
HIGHBRIDGE residents fighting the potential sale of the town's Bank Street car park handed over a 500-name petition to Sedgemoor District Council bosses on Thursday (March 20th). The huge petition was unveiled during a public meeting held in the Community Hall.
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Public get their say on policing
ANTI-social behaviour, illegal parking and speeding are the top three issues that police need to tackle in Burnham-On-Sea as their top priorities, according to a survey of residents and Neighbourhood Watch leaders who attended a special open meeting in the town on Wednesday (March 19th). More...

Fire crews tackle farm blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to tackle a deliberate blaze at a farm in Puriton on Thursday morning (March 20th) for the second time in a week. Fire crews from Burnham, Street and Bridgwater rushed to Down End Farm in the village at 3.48am. More...

'Eggs-tra' special Easter visit!
FUN-loving children from Brent Knoll Tadpoles Pre-School were treated to an 'egg-stra' special Easter visit this week. Staff at the school arranged a trip to a local egg farm which provides the school with its eggs. The eight children had the chance to collect eggs.
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Paramedics help elderly man
THE centre of Burnham-On-Sea briefly came to a standstill when paramedics were called to treat an elderly person who had collapsed in the town this week. Two ambulances were sent to the High Street on Tuesday afternoon (March 18th) to provide emergency treatment. More...

Dozens join town flats protest
Exclusive: OVER 75 residents in Burnham-On-Sea have signed a petition calling on planners not to allow a seafront property to be turned into a multi-million pound block of apartments. Residents in Allandale Road are up in arms over the plans to convert a home into a three-storey block of 14 apartments. More...

Rail anniversary event planned
THIS May sees the 150th anniversary of the extension of the Somerset Central Railway to Burnham-On-Sea jetty, a major step in the original promoters' dream of a link from South Wales to Northern France by train and boat. The Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust is holding a special event. More...

BMX bikers flock to Burnham
OVER 160 BMX enthusiasts flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's cycle track at Apex Wildlife Park at the weekend for an fast-paced day of two-wheeled race action. Burnham-On-Sea BMX Club hosted round one of the South West Regional BMX series on Sunday (March 16th). More...

Burnham MP's blog updated
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP David Heathcoat-Amory's official blog on Burnham-On-Sea.com has been updated. In his latest entry, he gives us his thoughts on last week's budget, the debate over the EU Treaty, and his opposition to post office closures across the region. More...

24 new homes for Burnham?
Exclusive: DEVELOPERS have unveiled plans to build 24 new homes on land in Burnham-On-Sea this week. House builder Persimmon has applied for full planning permission to build the homes on land to the north of and including 63 Links Gardens off Berrow Road. More...

Pool prospects given a boost
THE prospect of a new owner being found to take over Burnham-On-Sea's closure-threatened swimming pool rose this week when the district council confirmed that several bids had been received to save the facility. The District Council confirmed more than one bid had been made. More...

Future of fireworks in doubt
THE future of Burnham-On-Sea's popular seafront fireworks display was plunged into doubt on Monday night (March 17th) when the town council said it needs to raise thousands of pounds to save the event. Cash-strapped Sedgemoor District Council has run the display for several years. More...

Cold callers arrested by police
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea have applauded the quick-thinking action of residents at Berrow on Monday (March 17th) which resulted in the arrest of two people.
They alerted police to two cold callers in the area, whom officers arrested for operating without pedlar's certificates. More...

Tennis academy welcomes MP
In Photos: BURNHAM-On-Sea MP David Heathcoat-Amory has become the patron of the Nathan Edwards Tennis Academy, it was announced during a fundraising jazz night held in the town at the weekend. The MP visited the Avenue Tennis Club this week. More...

Cycle lane plan for seafront
A DEDICATED cycling lane could soon be introduced along Burnham's seafront pavements as part of plans to make them safer for walkers. Town councillors are considering the introduction of a special cycle lane along the wider pavements of the Southern Esplanade. More...

Isleport expansion approved
A HIGHBRIDGE firm's multi-million pound expansion scheme has this week been given the green light by district council planners. Isleport Foods had applied for full planning permission to build a 3,000 square metre extension to its production facility outside Highbridge - and planners this week gave it the nod. More...

New-look charity shop opens
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Deputy Mayor has helped officially re-open a charity shop in the town following a major refit. St Margaret's Hospice shop in Burnham High Street has had a major refurbishment during recent weeks - including a re-fit and repairs to its roof. More...

Hair-raising drama event!
BURNHAM-based Curtain Call school of Performing Arts is teaming up with a local hairdresser to put on a charity extravaganza with a difference. The evening will include various musical numbers and a showcase of new 'funky' hair dos from a Brent Knoll hair stylist. More...

Electricity restored to homes
WORK to restore electricity to 80 homes in East Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea, was underway on Sunday (March 16th) after a "major cable fault". Dozens of homes were left in the dark for almost six hours after an underground power cable fault developed in the early hours of the morning. More...

Lifeboats help 'struggling' surfer
TWO Burnham-On-Sea lifeboats came to the rescue of a windsurfer who was spotted struggling in blustery conditions in Bridgwater Bay on Sunday afternoon (March 16th). Coastguards had reported the man in difficulty at around 2.30pm and both RNLI lifeboats were able to quickly help the man. More...

'Stick your oar in' for charity!
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for BBC Sport Relief during a sponsored rowing event held in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon (March 16th). Members of Burnham Sailing Club took to the waters of Bridgwater Bay in a small flotilla of 'tenders' for the mile-long row. More...

Fish stay away from anglers
SCORES of angling enthusiasts lined the beach at Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (March 16th)... but the fish decided to stay away! Only seven were caught by the 82 competitors, making it the worst-ever event held by fishing club Weston Outcasts in Burnham
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Fire crews tackle farm blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews helped to tackle a big farm blaze at Puriton in the early hours of Sunday morning (March 16th). Three fire crews from Burnham and Bridgwater, plus the command support unit from Street, attended a property fire at Down End Farm at 5.02am. More...

Bridge closes again for repairs
A NINE week closure of Highbridge's Walrow Railway Bridge came into operation on Saturday (March 15th) as Network Rail began strenghtening work. The bridge was cordoned off on Saturday afternoon and diversion signs put into place along routes on both sides of the bridge. More...

Armed police in second raid
THESE were the scenes in Highbridge on Friday evening (March 14th) as armed police made a second swoop on a property as they searched for a suspect wanted in connection with a serious crime. The armed police unit was initially seen in the Newtown Road area of Highbridge at around 6.30pm. More...

'Best ever' arts festival ends
THE 61st annual Highbridge Festival of The Arts came to a colourful end on Saturday night (March 15th) when this year's closing concert was held in front of a capacity audience in Burnham's Princess Hall. The festival attracted over 1,700 entrants this year. More...

Date set for lights switch-on
BURNHAM-On-Sea's seafront illuminations will be switched on for the tourist season at the beginning of May. Town councillors had considered switching them on in time for Easter but, with it falling in March this year, they decided to wait until the first May Bank Holiday Weekend. More...

Town hotel celebrates award
THE owners of a Burnham-On-Sea hotel are celebrating this week after the standard of their customer service was highly praised in a national pub awards scheme. The Victoria Hotel has been highly commended in the 'Best Customer Experience' category in the Punch Tavern Awards. More...

New film tells story of Colin
BURNHAM-On-Sea Big Issue seller Colin Johnstone is back in the spotlight this week after a new online film was launched showing how he has settled into a new home in Highbridge. Mr Johnstone hit the headlines last year when he was forced to move from his caravan. More...

Armed police swoop on home
AN ARMED police response unit swooped on a Highbridge property on Wednesday evening (March 12th) as officers searched for a man who is wanted on suspicion of being involved with a serious crime. The teams were sent to Alexandra Court on Highbridge Quay at 6pm. More...

Jetty's 'listed status' bid fails
Exclusive: A BID to get Burnham-On-Sea's jetty listed as a 'structure of special historic interest' in an attempt to secure hundreds of thousands of pounds for much-needed repairs has failed. Burnham-On-Sea.com exclusively learns the application has been turned down by English Nature. More...

Carnival creates £5k windfall
A HUGE windfall of more than £5,000 was handed out to grateful groups in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday evening (March 12th), courtesy of the town's carnival committee. Chairman Mike Young and President Malcolm Borland handed out £5,050 of cheques. More...

Regeneration news now online
VISITORS to Burnham-On-Sea.com will find it easier to keep up-to-date with the latest regeneration developments, thanks to the launch of a new mini website. Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Partnership launched its official Website on Thursday (March 13th). More...

TV man visits Burnham library
BBC TV's crime correspondent Simon Hall was in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (March 12th) to discuss his work and promote his new book. Mr Hall, a broadcaster and crime writer, was at the town's library to talk about his journalism career and latest novel. More...

Huge waves batter seafront
HUGE waves struck Burnham-On-Sea for a third day on Wednesday morning (March 12th) as storm-force winds whipped up heavy seas. Waves crashed over the sea wall onto The Esplanade in front of Quantock Court (pictured), leaving pools of sea water along the seafront. More... | Video

Water cut after mains burst
WATER
soared into the air after a mains burst in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (March 12th) which left nearby residents with dry taps. Several homes were without water supplies in the Rosewood Avenue are following the burst, which was caught on camera. More...

Speed camera set on fire
A SPEED
camera near Burnham-On-Sea was removed on Wednesday (March 12th) after being deliberately set on fire earlier in the week. Fire crews from Burnham were sent to the camera in the village of Rooksbridge on the A38 on Sunday evening (March 9th). More...

Drink driver arrested after crash
A HIGHBRIDGE man has been arrested for drink driving after crashing into this van on Burnham's Marine Drive. The incident took place at 3.52am on Sunday (March 9th) when a Ford Mondeo collided with a van, leaving it badly dented, although no-one was injured. More...

Stricken yacht towed to safety
STORM-force winds and high seas left this 33 foot yacht stranded on a river bank in Burnham-On-Sea this week. The yacht Quodos - owned by Burnham businessman Colin Morris - was tossed onto the southern banks of the River Brue after the 70mph winds snapped its mooring ropes at the pontoons. More...

Police to hold public meeting
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea are to invite local people to have their say on how the town is policed at a special public meeting being held next week. A special meeting will be held at the Old Courthouse in Jaycroft Road from 7pm on Wednesday (March 19th). More...

Air your views on car park's future
HIGHBRIDGE residents will be able to quiz the district council over controversial plans to sell off the town's Bank Street Car Park. Cllr Rosemarie Parsons, who is Chairman of the Regeneration Partnership, said: "This car park is crucial to the future of Highbridge." More...

Jazz night for tennis academy
A FEW remaining tickets are available for a jazz evening being held in Burnham on Saturday (March 15th) to raise funds for a tennis academy set up in memory of a young tennis player who died last year. The Nathan Edwards Tennis Academy was set up after the death. More...

Garden centre plans on show
A GARDEN
centre near Burnham-On-Sea is opening its doors to the public for a special exhibition where new extension plans for the site will be formally unveiled. Burnham-On-Sea.com exclusively broke the news earlier in March that Garden World is hoping to extend its premises. More...

Clean-up begins after storm
HEAVY seas, whipped up by 70mph winds, led to this huge buoy breaking free and being left wedged underneath Burnham's jetty following a storm on Monday evening (March 10th). Burnham seafront was pounded by huge waves, which sent plumes of spray into the streets and along The Esplanade. More...

Medical centre plans on track
AMBITIOUS plans to build a new £2.5million medical centre at Berrow are to be re-submitted by the developers after being withdrawn last week. In a statement released on Tuesday (March 11th), the developers said they "remain committed to the delivery." More...

MP: 'Stop making excuses'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, has this week demanded that Somerset County Council "stops making excuses for the failure To deliver much- needed safety improvements to the Coast Road at Berrow." Mr Heathcoat-Amory wrote to the Minister for Transport. More...

Old time music comes to town
AN evening of traditional foot-tapping music is promised when Burnham-on-Sea and District Lions Club hold an Old Time Music Hall event next month. to raise funds for local and other Lions charities. The Lions Club is inviting you to celebrate the Music Hall Era. More...

Cadets win armful of trophies
CADETS from Highbridge and Burnham St John Ambulance group are celebrating this week after being awarded top places in the County First Aid Competitions over the weekend. Charlotte Aldred and Lucy Westlake were placed first overall and will represent Somerset. More...

In photos: Storm warning for town
SEAFRONT residents in Burnham-On-Sea breathed a sigh of relief on Monday morning (March 10th) as the threat of storm-force winds and a high Spring tide creating floods failed to materialise. A large area of the Bristol Channel was placed on a flood watch. More...

Police probe 'suspicious' blaze
POLICE investigating a fire at a Highbridge home over the weekend said on Monday morning (March 10th) that the blaze is being treated as suspicious. Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea, Street and Bridgwater tackled the blaze in a ground floor flat in Huntspill Road at 11.30am on Saturday. More...

Flood Watch remains in place
THE Bristol Channel remained on a Flood Watch early on Monday morning (March 10th) as Burnham braced itself for storm-force winds and high seas. A large area of the Bristol Channel - from Porlock to Avonmouth - was placed on a precautionary flood watch by the Environment Agency as the threat of damaging storms loomed large. More...

Car park sell-off to be reviewed
PLANS by Sedgemoor District Council to sell off Highbridge's Bank Street car park have been put on hold after a vote by councillors. We reported last week how controversial plans by the district council to sell the car park to raise money for regeneration had been met by widespread opposition. More...

Burnham braced for storms
THE Bristol Channel was placed on a Flood Watch by the Environment Agency on Saturday evening (March 8th) as the area braced itself for storm-forced winds and high seas. A large area of the Bristol Channel was placed on a watch as the threat of damaging stormy weather loomed large. More...

Air ambulance rescues man
A MAN was air-lifted to hospital after suffering neck injuries in a fall at Brean Down on Saturday afternoon (March 8th). The man slipped and injured himself at Brean Down Caravan Park. Due to the nature of his injuries, paramedics called in the air ambulance. More...

Dredger rescue rehearsed
BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboat crews have rehearsed the dramatic rescue of an 'injured' man from onboard a dredging boat in Bridgwater Bay. Both Burnham RNLI lifeboats were launched to help evacuate a 'casualty' from the Arco Dart dredger during a special exercise. More...

In photos: Town flower show
CROWDS of visitors flocked to Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society's annual Spring show on Saturday (March 18th). Show Secretary David Bryant said the event, held in St Andrew's School, had been another success with over 200 entries and a steady flow of visitors. More...

Man in hospital after town fire
A MAN was taken to hospital following a property fire in Highbridge on Saturday morning (March 8th), which brought the town to a standstill. Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea, Street and Bridgwater dealt with the fire in a ground flood flat in Huntspill Road at 11.30am, as pictured here. More...

Good turnout at RNLI AGM
ALMOST 40 people, including Burnham-On-Sea's Mayor Pauline Pollard, attended Friday's Annual General Meeting of Burnham-On-Sea RNLI. The meeting was opened by Chairman Graham Wills, who gave a short account of his involvement over the past year. More...

Police probe attack on car
POLICE in Highbridge have launched an investigation after a parked vehicle was attacked in a quiet street in the town during the early hours of Saturday (March 8th). A red Ford sports car was attacked in Tyler Way, leaving the owner to pick up a big repair bill. More...

£213,000 grant for gypsy site
A GRANT for £213,138 has been awarded to Sedgemoor District Council to help fund the refurbishment of a gypsy and travellers site at Rooksbridge, near Burnham. Sedgemoor District Council was told on Friday (March 7th) that its bid for funds had been successful. More...

Police warn careless parkers
POLICE in Highbridge are warning motorists to park considerately and legally, or face fixed penalty notices. The move comes after a series of complaints from residents where parking has at times obstructed highways and been dangerous to pedestrians and other road users. More...

Fire at M5 services near Burnham
SEDGEMOOR Services on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea was evacuated after a fire broke out in a Burger King cafe on Friday afternoon (March 7th). Burnham fire brigade was called to the northbound services at 3.45pm after a blaze was found within a kitchen area. More...

Man injured in A38 accident
THESE were the scenes on the A38 outside Highbridge on Thursday evening (March 6th) after an accident closed the road for over two hours. Burnham police sealed off part of the busy road after a pedestrian was knocked down by a passing vehicle. More...

Pool's D-day set for March 26
THE
fate of Burnham-On-Sea's closure-threatened swimming pool could be decided at the end of March, it was confirmed on Thursday evening (March 6th). Duncan McGinty, the Leader of the District Council, told a meeting that "much groundwork has been made." More...

Regeneration exhibition starts
A STEADY flow of Burnham-On-Sea residents have visited an exhibition showing how the town centre could look in a few years' time if multi-million pound regeneration plans get the go-ahead. The three-day event opened in the town on Thursday (March 6th) More...

Sea cadets celebrate two wins
A GROUP
of Burnham-On-Sea sea cadets is celebrating this week after winning two competitions. The group represented the unit at the Sea Cadets' district competition and won - and then competed in the regional finals against nine areas where they won again. More...

Youth council jumps online
MEMBERS
of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Youth Town Council formally unveiled the group's new website on Thursday (March 6th). The eight page site will help young people in the towns communicate with the youth councillors who represent them. More...

£2.5m medical centre withdrawn
Exclusive: AMBITIOUS plans to build a new £2.5million medical centre at Berrow have been withdrawn this week by the developers behind the scheme. It comes after district council planners raised concerns about the "intrusive design" of the proposed building which was earmarked for Brent Road. More...

Pool is 'UK's most threatened'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's swimming pool has this week been named the UK's most-threatened swimmimg pool. The Daily Telegraph published a list of the most threatened pools - and Burnham came top. SOS Group Chairman Tom Ashton said it is "very concerning." More...

Youth arrested over damage
Exclusive: A YOUTH has been arrested in Burnham-On-Sea following new damage to the boarded-up shelters along the town's seafront this week. The 17-year-old was held by officers after the boards on one of the Marine Cove shelters were ripped down. More...

Sea wall repair work underway
A PROGRAMME of work to maintain Burnham's sea wall is underway by the Environment Agency. Gaps between the concrete steps often occur when tar melts in the summer months and the corrosive salty water erodes and weakens parts of the structure. More...

Fire crew tackles two blazes
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews had a busy morning on Wednesday (March 5th) after being called to two incidents. Two engines were sent to a small kitchen blaze in a flat at Highbridge's Vardy Court, pictured, near the town's cattle market, at 8.45am, and they were later called to a vehicle fire in Burnham. More...

Hinkley 'danger' row erupts
A REPORT by health officials disputing high infant death rates in the Burnham-On-Sea area around Hinkley Point may have diluted the statistics by examining populations less likely to be affected, nuclear campaigners claimed on Wednesday evening (March 5th). More...

'Wonkybout' is dismantled!
HIGHBRIDGE'S controversial 'wonkybout' - which was cruelly named Britain's ugliest roundabout by a local councillor last year - is being modified this week to make it look a little more normal! The County Council's highways department has removed the lop-sided plastic bollard and mass of poorly-designed concrete, replacing it with a more standard design. More...

Police chopper in town search
A HELICOPTER was used to help Burnham-On-Sea police conduct a night-time search of Highbridge early on Wednesday morning (March 5th) following a recent spate of shed break-ins. The force helicopter, pictured, swooped in above above the town at 1.40am. More...

Anger grows over car park sell-off
OPPOSITION against plans to sell off Highbridge's only public car park grew this week when town councillors voiced their concerns about the controversial proposal. Doug Bamsey, Corporate Director of Sedgemoor District Council, explained that the council wants to sell off Bank Street car park. More... | Map showing 'development potential'

Infant mortality rate disputed
CLAIMS that infant mortality rates are three times higher in Burnham-On-Sea and other towns and villages downwind of Hinkley Power station than inland parts of the county have been disputed. A study said the town had infant death rates three times higher than the norm. More...

Supergran's marathon effort
A 65-year-old Burnham-On-Sea grandmother is pulling on her running shoes to compete in this year's London Marathon. 'Supergran' Ann Rogers is being backed by friends and colleagues at Burnham shoe shop Shickles, where she has worked for 25 years. More...

Food outlets gain star approval
THE best and worst food outlets in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been named this week by Sedgemoor District Council as part of its new 'Somerset Food Scores' scheme. Every food premises in Sedgemoor gets inspected by the council's Food Safety Team. More...

Funding pledged to Marine Cove
AMBITIOUS plans to modernise Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens took another step forward this week when town councillors pledged thousands of pounds towards the project. Nicola Slawski, Group Manager of Regeneration for Sedgemoor District Council, said a bid for National Lottery cash to finance the project is on track. More...

Huge expansion for garden centre
Exclusive: A GARDEN centre near Burnham-On-Sea is planning a huge expansion of its site. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns that Wyevale Garden Centres, the owners of Sanders Garden World at Brent Knoll, is working on a huge planning application for the 3,252sqm extension of its site. More...

Five firms show interest in pool
FIVE firms have expressed an interest in taking over Burnham-On-Sea's threatened swimming pool, it was announced on Monday (March 3rd). Teresa Harvey, who is leading the district council's task and finish group, said the council has had a good response. More...

Resident tackles roof-top fire
THIS home owner climbed onto the roof of his house to tackle a chimney blaze using a garden hose at West Huntspill, near Burnham, on Monday evening (March 3rd). A team of Burnham-On-Sea fire fighters rushed to the property in New Road at 5.45pm after a 999 telephone call alerting them. More...

Man arrested after drugs raids
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea made one arrest and seized two lots of drugs after raids on two separate properties on Monday afternoon (March 3rd). Officers and dog handlers executed a warrant on a property in Kinver Terrace on the town's Esplanade at mid-day. More...

Station re-opens after repairs
HIGHBRIDGE railway station re-opened on Monday morning (March 3rd) after a weekend of severe disruption caused by major track replacement work. A large section of rails running through Highbridge Railway Station was removed, as pictured, before being replaced as part of a modernisation programme. More...

Skier races to success in USA
A FORMER Burnham-On-Sea resident has beaten hundreds of skiers to finish in the top ten of a world skiing competition in America. Sara Cox, pictured here, was competing on behalf of Great Britain against 1,223 competitors from 23 nations at the 2008 Masters World Cup. More...

Prince hands MBE to pensioner
BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner Arthur Gilbert proudly showed off his MBE award on Saturday (March 1st), just a few hours after Prince Charles presented it to him during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The 86-year-old Berrow Road resident was named in the Queen's New Year Honours. More...

Hinkley infant mortality fears
INFANT mortality is almost three times more likely to occur in towns and villages downwind of Hinkley Point power station than inland parts of Somerset, according to a report. Details of the study were aired on BBC1's 'Inside Out West' programme on Friday (Feb 29th). More...

Trophies galore for town club!
A HUGE haul of trophies and cups was presented to members of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club on Saturday night (March 1st) when the group celebrated one of its most successful ever years. Over 130 people gathered at Burnham's Ritz Social Club for the annual presentation evening. More...

Fire crew tackles gorse blaze
A FIRE crew from Burnham-On-Sea joined others from across Somerset in tackling a big gorse fire near Cheddar on Saturday afternoon (March 1st). Fire appliances from Burnham, Wells, Cheddar, Blagdon, Paulton and Shepton Mallet attended the fire at Priddy. More...

Town pier hit by storm damage
THESE were the scenes outside Burnham-On-Sea pier on Saturday morning (March 1st) after storm-forced winds caused an estimated £1,000 of damage. The 60mph winds snapped an umbrella and left two reinforced glass panels smashed, as pictured here. More...

Future of farmers' markets secured
THE future of Burnham's monthly farmers markets has been secured following a successful meeting this week organised by the Town Council. The Town Council met to discuss how it could safeguard the markets' future by transferring management to Somerset Farmers' Markets. More...

BBC crime man to visit town
BBC TV's crime correspondent Simon Hall will be visiting Burnham-On-Sea later this month to discuss his work as a reporter and promote his new book. Mr Hall, a broadcaster and crime writer, will be at Burnham Library on Wednesday March 12th to talk about his career. More...

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