Published: March 3, 2009
Burnham seafront barriers are hailed a success in tackling boy racers

Bollards placed along lay-bys on Burnham-On-Sea seafront to prevent groups of 'boy racers' congregating there have this week been hailed a success after a fall in anti-social driving.

Town councillors said at their meeting on Monday night (March 2nd) that the bollards had helped to reduce the problems since being introduced last December.

Cllr Neville Jones told the meeting: "Sealing off the lay-bys has stopped large congregations of vehicles gathering in them and has been successful in reducing anti-social driving."

Sgt Ian Kennett of Burnham Police, who was also at the meeting, cautioned: "We are pleased this has had a good effect, although there has been some evidence of vehicle displacement to Apex car park in recent weeks, which we are closely watching."

The "unsightly" appearance of the bollards was also discussed at the meeting, and councillors are keen to see them being replaced with a new design for the tourist season.

Cllr Jones said: "We want something more sympathetic than bright red and white bollards that will better blend in with the surroundings."

However, Town Clerk Eileen Shaw said she had been in contact with Somerset County Council about the matter and had been told the cost of replacing them could run into several thousand pounds. Discussions are continuing on the issue.


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