come to the financial rescue of Brean beach wardens
in Brean and Berrow have this week come to the rescue of Brean's
beach warden service following cutbacks by cash-strapped Sedgemoor
council has slashed in half the funding available for Brean Parish
Council to keep the village's vital beach warden service running.
year, the district council has allocated just £4,500 to
the service - compared to £9,000 last year and £18,000
the previous year.
warden Pete Williams told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Tuesday: "The
reduction in funding means there has been a real risk that the
parish council would be unable to keep our beach truck running
throughout the summer, which we hire from Berrow's Triangle Garage.
Without it, the beach would undoubtedly be more dangerous."
Paul Mellows, who runs Triangle Garage, has stepped in and waived
the costs of the truck for the rest of the year to keep the service
Scott at Brean's Northam Farm is also funding the vehicle's diesel
while Jon Harris at Warren Farm is picking up the cost of the
vehicle's tax and insurance.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "When I heard about the problems,
I wanted to help. We will be out of pocket here, but we all want
the beach to be safe and open for everyone."
Jon added: "We're very pleased that we'll be keeping the
vehicle on Brean beach this summer. Cut-backs are being seen everywhere,
but we can't jeopardise safety."
photo shows Paul Mellows handing over the keys to Brean beach
warden on Tuesday morning