November 9, 2010
Burnham-On-Sea pedestrianisation plans plunged into doubt
The future of the controversial project to partially pedestrianise
Burnham's High Street could be in doubt following a 'thumbs down'
from a group of traders and a lukewarm reception from the public.
130 people visited a three-day exhibition held in the town last
week where the plans for the partial pedestrianisation of the
town's High Street went on show, as pictured above.
proposals to permanently block off the High Street between Cross
Street to Adam Street were displayed for the first time.
But, as Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported last
week, the plans have been given a cool reception by Chamber
of Trade members, who fear the scheme will hurt their business.
And there has not been overwhelming support from the public for
the scheme either, with opinion divided on whether it should proceed.
Tom Dougall from Sedgemoor District Council told Burnham-On-Sea.com
on Tuesday (November 9th): "The display attracted over 130
visitors who shared their views with members of the Civic Pride
group. Visitors' comments and returned questionnaires will help
steer the final design of the scheme."
"Members of the public can view a plan showing the proposed
traffic arrangements at the Town Council offices and can lodge
an objection to the traffic proposals with Somerset County Council
up to 17th November."
Civic Pride Working Group had hoped a scheme could be introduced
by next Easter.
Last month, Sedgemoor District Council's Executive unanimously
agreed that over £158,000 of funding could be spent on creating
the pedestrian-only zone.
Many of the traders present at last week's Chamber of Trade meeting
said they would prefer a tidy up of street furniture, such as
lights and signs, across the whole Town Centre to improve the
overall shopping environment as an alternative.
The project is promoted by Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade, Burnham
and Highbridge Town Council, Sedgemoor District Council and Somerset
top is last week's exhibition in Burnham; and above a previous
image showing the proposals and recent surveying work underway;
and below are the plans for the current project (click to enlarge)