November 25, 2010
Burnham councillors consider cutting funding to farmers markets
councillors have this week considered cutting their grant funding
to Burnham-On-Sea's monthly farmers markets.
a meeting last night (Wednesday, November 25th), they discussed
whether to reduce the annual £1,200 grant that enables the
events in Burnham High Street to be held on the final Friday of
Dennis Davey said: "I do question whether we should be funding
these markets when our rate-paying shops, such as bakers and greengrocers,
say they are losing out as a result."
Ken Smout added: "The town council is currently being asked
by the district council to take over the running of various key
services, so some reductions to grants like this may need to be
Cllr Neville Jones warned that losing the monthly farmers markets
could potentially harm Burnham's chances of proceeding with the
proposed partial pedestrianisation of the town's High Street.
explained: "The farmers markets are one of several key community
events we'd like to hold in the pedestrianised area and if they
are not there, the plans would be harmed. Are we really saying
we don't want the markets?"
some debate, councillors decided to consult further with the Civic
Pride team and Burnham's Chamber of Trade. A final decision will
be made at December's full town council meeting.
the funding were cut or reduced, it could place the future of
the markets in jeopardy.