February 27, 2009
ferry service moves closer as businessman visits town
prospect of a multi-million ferry service coming to Burnham-On-Sea
moved a step closer this week when ferry bosses met councillors
in the town for talks.
group, which included businessman Chris Marrow and senior officials
from Sedgemoor District Council, were spotted on Burnham's jetty,
as pictured above.
was first to report last October
how Mr Marrow is planning to set-up a £5million ferry venture
which will operate services around the Bristol Channel, between
Somerset and Wales.
week's meeting in Burnham included Sedgemoor District Council
leader Duncan McGinty, Chief Executive Kerry Rickards, Corporate
Director of Regeneration Doug Bamsey, plus district councillor
Neville Jones and Town Clerk Eileen Shaw.
after the meeting, Chris Marrow told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It
was a very positive meeting and Burnham is still a definite possibility
for one of the ferry's routes."
done lots of market research in recent weeks and found 60 per
cent of Burnham people would be interested in using the ferry
service, much the same as Minehead."
we'd like to find a long-term solution for Burnham's jetty, I
also visited it this week."
visit confirmed that from our point of view the jetty could be
used by our ferries after some work."
Marrow also revealed that a new name will soon be unveiled for
the ferry service, which is currently called Severn Sea Ferries.
he said the company is "very close" to acquiring its
Neville Jones said the meeting had been "very positive"
and that "the town council and Sedgemoor remain committed
to bringing the service to Burnham."
photo (top) shows the visitors on Burnham's jetty this week and,
middle, the proposed ferry and its route around the Bristol Channel