piece of Burnham-On-Sea beach pool won't be saved after all
final piece of Burnham-On-Sea's dismantled beach boating pool
will not be retained after all, the district council has decided
reported at the weekend
how contractors working on the demolition had reserved a final
chunk of the landmark, pictured here, so that it could be moved
onto The Esplanade alongside a new plaque.
it has since been decided that the concrete will not be saved
District Council spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com
on Tuesday afternoon (March 16th): "In conversation between
the contractors and an employee, it was mooted that part of the
structure may be retained."
no way was it every planned for, or a definite instruction. The
remaining piece was left in situ by the contractors, but it has
now been removed."
added: "Burnham boating pool was built privately in the 1920
as a thanksgiving gesture by a family for the safe return of five
sons from the Great War, rather than a memorial to the fallen.
I have been in contact with the family and they are fully understanding
of and sympathetic to the situation and the lack of funds. They
are pleased that a supplementary plaque will be put up in the
controversial work to remove the pool began
on Wednesday and is being completed this week.
was first to report
last summer that the landmark was in jeopardy when cash-strapped
Sedgemoor District Council said it was launching a study into
the cost of the repairs needed to retain it.
councillors voted in December to have the pool removed due to
a combination of costly repairs and safety concerns. The district
council admitted in January
that the bill to tax payers of demolishing it would be £9,800.
beach looks more empty without the familiar boating pool in place