February 26, 2009
to complete Burnham's Frank Foley Parkway will start next week
long-awaited construction of the final part of the partially complete
Frank Foley Parkway in Burnham-On-Sea will begin next week, Somerset
County Council announced on Thursday (February 26th).
This final section of the road, which is also known as the
Burnham Eastern Distributor Road, will complete the link between
Love Lane in Burnham and Pepperall Road in Highbridge.
work is expected to take approximately eight weeks to complete,
so should be finished before the summer tourist season gets underway.
broke the news in
April 2008 that Somerset
County Council had taken
the decision to build the final section of the road, when it confirmed
that sufficient funds were available from local developers for
Alan Ham, Somerset County Councillor for Brent, pictured with
MP David Heathcoat-Amory at the site, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
on Thursday: "The completion of this route will bring big
benefits to the local community and Im delighted that we
have been able to schedule the works for this early in the year."
Cllr Tony Shire, Somerset County Council's Portfolio-Holder for
Highways, added: "Somerset County Council is committed to
maintaining road safety and improving facilities for local people.
The completion of this road is an important phase of the development
and will help to improve residents access to local amenities."
Neville Jones added: "We are grateful to Sedgemoor putting
pressure on the developers of the radio station site and getting
£120,000 to fund this route. It concerns me, though, that
Somerset County Council has no plans to introduce a roundabout
at the sothern end of the link. The junction with Burnham Road
will become a pinch point."
and Highbridge Mayor Peter Burridge-Clayton told Burnham-On-Sea.com
on Thursday afternoon that the news was "excellent"
for the two towns. He added: "This was a priority issue when
I became mayor and I gave a pledge that work would at least start
before my mayoral term ended. I am delighted for the people of
Burnham and Highbridge who have waited a number of years for this
missing link to be completed."
would like to thank my colleagues who have helped me put pressure
on Somerset County Council over the past months and I am pleased
for them also. This is not the end of the matter, however, for
we must ensure appropriate highway works are done in other areas
as well. A roundabout at the Burnham Road end has been mooted
and also improvement works at the Tesco end also."
district councillor Bob Filmer, who has long campaigned for the
road's completion, said: "Its great that this long
awaited road is finally going to be completed, I am very pleased
that Sedgemoor was able to make this scheme a reality by securing
the final amount of funding from the developers of the old radio
station site, not only benefitting those new residents, but also
those who have waited for this for too long. There has been a
lot of work going on behind the scenes for many years and I would
like to thank all those at Sedgemoor and Somerset County Council
who have helped make this happen."
Rosemarie Parsons, Somerset County Councillor for Highbridge and
Burnham South, added: "This is great news for local residents
and follows many years of negotiations between Somerset County
Council, Sedgemoor District Council and the developers to put
in the necessary steps and funding to get this link road completed."