December 19, 2010
traders fume over slippery High Street 'ice rink'
Traders in Burnham-On-Sea have been left reeling
after snow turned the town's High Street and pavements into an
'ice rink' on what should have been the busiest shopping weekend
of the year.
Shop owners say Somerset County Council should be gritting the
High Street and removing snow and ice from pavements as a priority
since it acts as the 'financial artery' for the town, particularly
during the week before Christmas.
spoke to many High Street traders on Sunday who said they had
endured their worst ever trade on the weekend before Christmas.
Carrie Davies from the Giggles gift shop on the High Street,
pictured above, said: "The High Street is the life blood
of this town - it's ridiculous that it hasn't been gritted at
all. Why do we pay business and council tax rates if nothing is
done to help us? I can fully understand why people have not been
coming into town given the slippery state of the pavements."
She added: "We've cleared an area outside the shop but the
rest of the High Street is terrible. We only made £10 profit
this morning, which is terrible for what should be a very busy
Colin Morris at Hurleys newsagents said several of his customers
had slipped over while walking along the High Street on Sunday
"The High Street is like an ice rink. It's ludicrous that
nothing has been done by the council to clear the snow at all
- the state of the pavements today is just as it would have been
100 years ago during winter," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
can blame the council for the weather conditions, but I am sure
that they could have given their staff a few days off in lieu
in order to get crucial streets like this cleared. It's the council's
organisation at fault, not the workers."
Linda Lawrence at the Pick 'n' Mix sweet shop on Burnham High
Street, added: "It's been very, very quiet - which is not
surprising given the state of the pavements. We have fingers crossed
for a thaw and a last-minute rush later in the week."
Michael O'Neil, a chef at the Somerset and Dorset pub, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"It should have been a very busy weekend for us all, but
the atrocious state of the High Street has severely hit trade
And Heather Carver at George Reed Galleries added: "I'm
resigned to it being like this all week."
Town and district councillor Joe Leach, who himself slipped over
in Burnham High Street on Sunday morning, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"I'm very sympathetic with the traders' views and am calling
on the County Council - which oversees highways gritting - to
include the High Street on their main gritting routes. It's crucial
that the town centre should be kept safe for shoppers."
Pictured (from top) Carrie Davies from Giggles, Colin Morris
from Hurleys, and town councillor Joe Leach in Burnham High Street