March 3, 2009
Burnham seafront barriers
are hailed a success in tackling boy racers
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.
councillors said at their meeting on Monday night (March 2nd)
that the bollards had helped to reduce the problems since being
introduced last December.
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."
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."
"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.
Jones said: "We want something more sympathetic than bright
red and white bollards that will better blend in with the surroundings."
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.