June 9, 2009
traders furious over regeneration announcement
traders in Burnham-On-Sea have expressed their anger at this week's
news that the town is not to receive a single penny of funding
from the South West Regional Development Agency towards regeneration.
Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade's commitee, pictured above, released
a statement on Tuesday evening (June 9th) on behalf of its members
outlining its position.
comes after Burnham-On-Sea.com reported
on Monday that SWRDA had announced the line-up of regeneration
schemes across the region which will share £260million of
funding - but Burnham's Civic Pride project was not on the list.
Chamber stated: "For the last nine years, the town has waited
patiently for funding from SWRDA so that the town centre could
be improved to attract more visitors and shoppers. From this public
investment, it was hoped private sector interest in Burnham would
has made Sedgemoor District Council spend hundreds of thousands
of pounds of consultations, public events and plans, which are
all now mothballed."
is a savage waste of public money and SWRDA should be held to
account for this. All Burnham-On-Sea was hoping for was £750,000.
Compare this to the many millions spent on the Morlands site at
Burnham cannot afford to be left behind during this recession.
The Town Centre urgently needs investment to ensure it remains
a viable economic unit."
Chamber of Trade's commitee is to meet with MP David Heathcoat-Amory
shortly to discuss the matter further and place pressure on SWRDA.
picture shows Chamber of Trade committee members Tom Ashton, Nigel
Kemp, Rhonda Mills, Jonathan Walter and Mike Ham, who are unhappy
at the decision to withdraw funding for Burnham-On-Sea regeneration