December 2, 2010
of Burnham pedestrianisation survey 'not representative'
survey which shows there is strong support among of Burnham-On-Sea
residents for a proposed vehicle-free area in the town's High
Street has been drawn into question this week.
23 people sent back feedback to the district council by the end
of a formal consultation period on the proposed partial pedestrianisation
of the High Street between Cross Street and Adam Street.
results - which Burnham-On-Sea.com shows in full at the bottom
of this page - were gathered after last month's public exhibition
on the scheme.
to the study, two thirds of residents believe introducing a vehicle-free
zone will offer a more pleasant shopping environment and over
50% think pedestrianisation will not cause problems in the High
Pride Steering Group's Alex Turco told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Figures are figures and I respect the opinions of the 23
residents who responded, but I do not think this is a representative
sample which shows the real feelings of residents and business
in Burnham town centre."
he added that he cannot see a traffic-free zone being introduced
in the High Street next Easter as originally planned.
"There are eleven traffic regulation order objections which
have to be resolved before the project can proceed."
"The objections cover important issues such as delivery
times and access, which will probably need to go before a formal
panel for a decision. That process alone can take several months.
I cannot see the project going ahead in time for next Easter."
Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported last
month how the plans had been given a thumbs-down by Burnham
Chamber of Trade members, who fear the scheme will hurt their
Burnham Civic Pride steering group members will meet again this
month to decide how to proceed. A Sedgemoor District
Council spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The Civic
Pride group is considering information about the
estimated cost of the scheme, reviewing the detailed layout drawings
and assessing the results of Somerset County Council's Road Traffic
PEDESTRIANISATION SURVEY RESULTS IN FULL
The following diagrams illustrate how residents have expressed
their views on Burnham-On-Sea's pedestrianisation scheme:
Two thirds of people want to see the rest of Burnham High Street
improved in the future. A market is the most favoured open-air
activity for the traffic-free area.
The survey found two thirds of people think the paving materials
for the pedestrianised area are a 'good' choice, and around 60%
think 6am-10am is a suitable time window for delivery vehicles
to use the pedestrianised area.
Two thirds of people say they 'don't know' about the options
for street furniture for the vehicle-free zone. A majority of
people think pedestrianisation will not cause problems in the
A majority of residents say a traffic-free zone will offer a
more pleasant shopping environment in Burnham and will also make
movement easier for pedestrians and wheelchairs