October 19, 2010
group poised to take over Burnham tourist centre?
District Council looks set to let a community group take over
the running of Burnham-On-Sea Tourist Information Centre.
The council's Executive has met during the past week to examine
two bids to take over the threatened seafront building, and a
final decision is due to be made shortly.
Tom Ashton, who is a senior member of the working party set up
to find a new owner, told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Tuesday: "We're
very pleased with the progress so far. A district council official
has told me that the community bid has been successful, subject
to final discussions over the next couple of weeks."
The charitable community group that is proposing to run the Tourist
Information Centre would be staffed by volunteers, while the other
bidder is a nearby commercial business.
District Council spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com
this week: "The Executive Committee were presented with two
options for the future occupation of building. One was from a
community group and one was a commercial venture. Both would supply
a level of tourist information."
"The Executive discussions and resolution were in exempt
business as the report contained commercially sensitive information.
The resolution does not become a valid decision until Thursday
October 21st due to democratic call-in arrangements. Both parties
are being contacted to let them know of the resolution before
any details are released into the public domain."
comes after cash-strapped Sedgemoor District Council announced
last November that it could no longer afford to run the premises.
Town Council came to the rescue in
February when it provided a £50,000 lifeline to keep
it open until 31 March 2011, alongside £28,000 from the
district council, however a long-term solution is required to
keep it open beyond next spring.