Civic Pride proposals set to be unveiled
long-awaited town centre regeneration project will take a step
forward next month when the latest proposals are due to be unveiled.
Sedgemoor District Council's Corporate Scrutiny Committee will
meet on September 6th to consider the Civic Pride proposals from
a 'Task and Finish Group'.
The group - comprising Cllr Bob Filmer, Cllr Arthur Thorogood,
Cllr Barry Crow and Cllr Dennis Davey, plus one co-opted member
from the Civic Pride steering group, Alex Turco - will present
their report and recommendations to the council's committee for
The Corporate Scrutiny Committee's recommendations will then
be taken forward to Sedgemoor's Executive for a decision on whether
they should proceed.
A council spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The review
is being conducted since a large sum of money is being requested
for the scheme, and with the current climate of cuts and lack
of funds, it is prudent for the scrutiny committee to look at
the overarching scheme's suitability before the Council commits
The review also aims to assess the project's value for money and
ensure it is applying the best use of resources as well as gauging
public and business support.
Pride scheme is likely to be partly funded by £159,000
of compensation that Burnham received earlier this year from
the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) following its
decision in 2009
not to award the town £750,000 of regeneration funding.
Burnham-On-Sea.com was first to report last
month that the expansion of Burnham's Tesco store is on track
and, when complete, this will deliver a further £300,000
of funding for a second phase of regeneration work in the town
centre in the future.