January 21, 2009
Hinkley Point cash could
help repair Burnham-On-Sea's crumbling jetty
and stormy weather have worsened the condition of Burnham-On-Sea's
crumbling jetty during recent weeks, prompting town councillors
to step up their search for sources of funding to get the structure
cracks have appeared in the tarmac near the bottom of the landmark,
as pictured above, which have raised fresh concerns about its
comes amid fresh attempts by Burnham district councillor Neville
Jones, pictured right, to gain much-needed funding to renovate
possible sources include Hinkley Point power station and Severn
Sea Ferries, which plans to operate ferry services around the
Bristol Channel, as recently reported here.
year, an application to English Nature failed to get the jetty
listed as a 'structure of special historic interest' in an attempt
to secure hundreds of thousands of pounds of funding, as covered
by Burnham-On-Sea.com here.
application was turned down because English Nature claimed the
jetty is "not of sufficient special architectural or historic
interest to merit listing," even though it was included in
Burnham's Conservation Area in 2007.
for several years, Cllr Jones has been pushing for repairs to
made to the landmark, which was originally built in 1855, and
he is now pushing forward on the funding proposals.
a report to the town council, he said Hinkley Point is being approached
for possible funding.
members know, we were successful in having the jetty embraced
within our Conservation Area, but not 'listed', which could have
brought us Heritage Cash for improvements," he said.
am hopeful that we may receive funding from Hinkley Point for
'low level waste' cash."
stressed that there are no plans for nuclear waste to be brought
into Burnham, and added: "It is so sad to see the jetty crumbling
away like this. Something needs to be done."
the lower half of the jetty continues to be cordoned off by barriers
to avoid walkers venturing onto the crumbling tarmac.