January 25, 2009
to bring coach tours back to Burnham-On-Sea begins
in Burnham-On-Sea have this week launched a new campaign to encourage
more coach companies to bring visitors into the town centre.
to launch the campaign were first featured on Burnham-On-Sea.com
earlier this month
amid growing concern that the falling number of coaches visiting
Burnham is reducing the number of shoppers.
campaign was officially launched by Burnham's Chamber Of Trade
on Thursday (January 22nd) when a new group was formed consisting
of local traders, including (pictured) Les Barber of Shearings
Holidays, Burnham Chamber Chairman Alex Turco, Harris Beaumont
of Alfie Blues and Penny Ferris-Arnold.
say other local attractions, such as Sanders Garden World at Brent
Knoll, have benefited at the town's expense by attracting coach
Barber told Thursday's meeting: "Sanders is close to the
motorway, which makes it easy for coaches to pay quick visits
for a few minutes in a similar way to a service station. Burnham
is a few minutes further away the M5, so it will be difficult
to compete for this trade, so we should be targeting afternoon
coach trips and tours."
Turco said the group would be pressing Sedgemoor District Council
to consider moving the "unsightly" recycling centre
next to the existing coach car park just off Pier Street.
added that the new sub-committee would also consider a range of
incentives to encourage coach firms to drop off more visitors
at the free coach park. He
told the meeting: "We want to stop the rot and bring more
visitors back into Burnham."
are coach campaign supporters Harris Beaumont of Alfie Blues,
Burnham Chamber Chairman Alex Turco, Les Barber of Shearings Holidays,
and Penny Ferris-Arnold
Chamber of Trade