January 11, 2009
encourage coaches back into Burnham-On-Sea
new campaign to encourage coach companies to bring more visitors
to Burnham-on-Sea town centre - instead of other local attractions
- is to be launched at a meeting in the town later this month.
town centre firms have expressed concerns about the falling number
of coaches visiting Burnham in recent years, which has in turn
hit the number of shoppers.
say other local attractions, such as Sanders Garden World at Brent
Knoll, have benefited at the town's expense by attracting coach
Chamber Of Trade is set to consider launching a new scheme to
encourage coach firms to drop off more visitors at the free coach
park in the town's Somerfield car park, pictured above, where
there is easy access to High Street shops.
Turco, Chairman of the Chamber of Trade, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"A number of members have expressed concerns about the reduction
in coaches visiting Burnham."
is proposed that businesses affected by this should work together
to offer an incentive scheme to coach drivers to encourage them
back into the town in order to boost visitor numbers and hence
proposals will be discussed at a meeting of the Chamber, which
is open to all Burnham businesses and their staff, on Thursday
January 22nd at 6pm in the upstairs function room at the Somerset
& Dorset pub.
speaking at the meeting will be Simon Dunford of EDF Energy regarding
Hinkley Point expansion, Harley Cook of Sedgemoor District Council
regarding the restoration of Marine Cove, and Dawn Catlow of Apples
& Oranges regarding marketing during a recession. There will
also be a talk about Burnham's online shopping guide here.
above is the empty coach parking area near Pier Street in Burnham,
which traders hope will be full again over the coming months
Chamber of Trade