Published: September 9, 2010
Consultation starts on bid for village green status for lawns

Controversial plans to turn Burnham's seafront lawns into an official 'village green' took a step forward this week when the consultation period for the proposals opened.

Signs outlining the scheme have been put up along The Esplanade by Somerset County Council as part of its consultation process.

Local resident Peter Hodder, pictured, is among a group who want the lawns protected from developers.

It comes after a decision in July by Sedgemoor District Council not to award a 25-year lease to an entrepreneur who wants to transform part of the lawns into a £200,000 mini golf course, as reported here.

Mr Hodder told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "We want to preserve the lawns for future generations to enjoy."

"Our application is for official village green status to be introduced between the Coastguard Station and Yacht Club."

"The lawns are a lovely area of the seafront that we want to see preserved for years to come."

Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported in February on plans to turn a grassy area south of the Coastguard station into a purpose-built golf park to act as a tourist attraction and bring more visitors to the town.

The consultation period on the proposals runs for six weeks until late October.

 


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