December 8th, 2006
shoppers call for pedestrianisation
half of Burnham-On-Sea shoppers want the town's High Street to
be pedestrianised, according to the results of an official survey
carried out by the town's Chamber of Trade.
study - which included leaflets being handed out in shops across
the town and an online survey on this website - found 44 per cent
of shoppers support the idea of removing vehicles from the High
results are bound to stoke up a fresh debate among traders and
shoppers in the town.
seen a wide range of subjects being brought up in the survey results,
but most popular request has been for High Street pedestrianisation.
Only one respondent specifically said no to pedestrianisation,"
said the Chamber's Vice Chairman, Alex Turco.
third of survey respondents also had comments to make about
car parking, whether it is the availability, cost, or enforcement.
Some of the main comments are featured in the panel on the right.
Unless I drive around the town for about fifteen
minutes it is virtually impossible to find a parking
place. Consequently, I visit Tesco instead.
The only thing that would enrich my shopping experience
would be provision of a residents only car park
for an hours free parking.
If the workers in the town centre were given parking
permits for the car parks, along with a traffic warden,
this would free-up on street parking space.
were also many comments about the type of shops available in Burnham,"
said Mr Turco. "25% of respondents requested fewer charity
shops, 22% wanted more chains or names, and 24% requested a greater
range of shops or higher quality goods."
this early stage of analysis there would seem to be a correlation
between those requesting less charity shops and those wanting
chains or greater range."
respondents have been quite forthright about this: Stop
the cartel of existing shop owners preventing some of the chain
shops coming to Burnham, said one. While other added: If
we had more High Street names I am sure it would bring in more
people so the existing shops would benefit."
ON TOWN SHOPPING
number of the survey respondents are very pleased with what
Burnham-On-Sea has to offer already:
only shop in Burnham and find that I can buy everything
have a lovely town, which appears to be more respected by
visitors than locals.
actually amazed sometimes at the things that you can get
here if you really look.
Burnham has a quality atmosphere that most towns have
per cent of respondents suggested that certain shops needed renovation.
This comes just weeks after Burnham-On-Sea.com revealed
Sedgemoor District Council has set aside a fund of £30,000
for shop front renovation in Burnham and Highbridge.
per cent of respondents have requested more Farmers' Markets.
There was one response against the Farmers Market, which
appeared to be from a business owner on the High Street.
per cent of participants suggested the town needed better signage.
This is something the Chamber will be working on and the lack
of signage is one of the reasons the group included a map in its
published in June.
per cent of respondents suggested better customer service, different
opening hours and more toilets. The responses about opening hours
were mainly about the tradition of half day closing on Wednesday.
Interestingly, there were few requests for late night opening,"
added Mr Turco.
have been delighted by the response to the feedback scheme so
far. We would like to thank all those who have taken the trouble
to participate. The feedback scheme is still open and you can
the 89 people who have completed the survey so far, 53 per cent
are women and 47 per cent are men. 88 per cent are residents and
12 per cent are visitors.
intend to collate and analyse the final results on 31st December
2006 and publish the full results at our next Chamber meeting
on 16th January, 2007. Therefore, we would like to encourage more
people to join in because the larger the number of participants,
the more representative the results."
Your Say - Burnham-On-Sea shopping survey