June 10, 2008
shopfronts are 'putting off visitors' to Burnham-On-Sea
shops which shutter their windows after closing time are putting
off visitors coming to the town, a town councillor claimed this
Ken Smout told a meeting that too many High Street shops in Burnham
use metal shutters after closing time, as pictured above.
said: "It's a sad reflection on our town that so many shops
are shuttered. It gives the impression that Burnham has a serious
crime problem. It's
good for visitors to be able to to look into shop windows while
wandering through the town."
Burnham Chamber Of Trade said it supports the use of shutters.
Chairman Alex Turco told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Unfortunately,
over the years a great many businesses have suffered smashed windows.
Some businesses have been targeted repeatedly."
obtaining business insurance can be difficult without additional
security measures, such as window shutters. In an ideal world
all businesses would like the ability to show off their window
displays when they are closed, rather than spending thousands
of pounds on security installations."