January 15, 2009
over land ownership further delays Burnham roadworks
months of roadworks which have brought a busy junction in Burnham-On-Sea
to a standstill are being further delayed by a wrangle over land
trenches, dozens of cones and temporary traffic lights have been
in place at the junctions of Abingdon Street and Pier Street since
October, causing delays for motorists and headaches for nearby
work to introduce new traffic lights should have been completed
before Christmas, but the County Council's Highways department
told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week that it hoping to complete the
work as soon as possible.
County Council spokeswoman Elizabeth
Kulh explained to Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Delays to the works
have occurred due to issues that have been identified over land
"These relate back to when the Somerfield store was originally
built and the approach to the junction was not adopted into a
public highway. These issues are ongoing."
town councillors recently questioned why the work had been started
when other more pressing roadworks, such as traffic calming measures
along the South Esplanade, had not been scheduled.
Responding to the comments, Elizabeth Kulh explained: "This
particular project was brought forward for two main reasons. Firstly,
there were concerns over safety due to the extreme corrosion that
had occurred at the site. While inspections are carried out regularly,
this particular site, being close to the sea, has deteriorated
particularly rapidly over the last year or so."
in terms of programme, it was felt better to carry out the necessary
refurbishment works during the quieter Winter period, rather than
cause disruption to the town during its extended holiday seasons."
nearby businesses face more disruption while the work continues.
Geoff Shickle, owner of JPS Shoes, which is based on the corner
of the two streets, told Burnham-On-Sea.com in December how the
work had not helped trade at his shop.