January 22, 2009
Mixed reaction as
plans for Burnham's Marine Cove gardens are unveiled
brand new image showing how Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens
will look after a renovation project is completed was unveiled
for the first time on Thursday (January 22nd) - but the proposals
have drawn mixed reactions.
Cook, Sedgemoor's Parks and Open Spaces Officer, displayed the
3D image at Thursday's meeting of Burnham Chamber of Trade and
image, pictured here, illustrates how the seafront gardens will
look in three years time after the project - which is expected
to cost in the region of £670,000
plan to remove the boarded-up shelters and replace them with new
ones, remove the front wall, restore the pond, introduce new pathing
and seating, and renovate the fountain," said Mr Cook, who
added that the new gardens would use "vandal-proof"
the scheme - which is hoping to secure National Lottery funding
- was not unanimously supported by members of the Chamber Of Trade,
who questioned the long wait for results.
is the third year that the shelters have been boarded up and we're
being told it could be another three years before the renovation
is complete," businessman Geoff Shickle told Thursday's meeting.
ghastly shelters should be demolished as soon as possible to make
the gardens more attractive. Rather than spend more money on consultants
and designs, we should be getting a few local benefactors together
and starting the work as soon as possible."
current problems have been created by Sedgemoor District Council's
neglect and their own 'vandalism' of these gardens - it's all
very well to blame youngsters for the damage, but Sedgemoor has
not being setting the right example itself," he added.
this month that Sedgemoor District Council is holding a 'Marine
Cove Gardens Awareness Day' on Thursday 19th February at the Princess
Hall, from 3pm - 7pm, when a new 'Friends of Marine Cove' group
will be formed.
was first to report last year how a petition
had been launched by Sedgemoor District Council last summer to
gather support for the £670,000 scheme to renovate the gardens,
however just 107 people signed up in support of the gardens.
March 2008, the
disrtrict council made a submission to the Heritage Lottery Fund's
'Parks For People' programme. The
bid covers bringing back lost features such as a sundial, water
fountain and seating, plus restoring the shelters and more.
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