March 31, 2009
raise concerns over banger racing near Burnham-On-Sea
residents living on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea fear plans
to start banger racing in a local field will cause a sharp increase
in noise and traffic problems.
field, which is located next to the A38 at Edithmead close to
the M5 junction 22, is being prepared for its first banger racing
event later in April.
District councillor Bob Filmer, whose ward covers the area, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I have been contacted by a number of
local residents in the Edithmead area who are very concerned at
the proposed use of the field for banger racing."
are worried about the noise of the racing, which I understand
is due to be held on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays - times
that were specifically denied to the Speedway when they applied
for planning permission because of the impact on local residents."
have also been raised regarding the residents and visitors at
the Windmill Caravan Park and other nearby caravan parks as obviously
any noise impact is likely to be greater to people in a mobile
home or caravan than those in a house."
are also concerned as to how the road network will cope with the
traffic generated and the fact that they knew nothing about it
until the banners appeared along the roadside."
added: "No planning application was lodged because landowners
can use agricultural land for non-agricultural uses for up to
28 days or 14 days if it involves motor sports."
number of residents have been making contact with Sedgemoor District
Council Planning and Environment departments, the county highways
department and the local police to raise their concerns and see
if those organisations can help avoid any possible problems arising."