Published: February 5, 2010
District council's £28k pledge to Burnham Tourist Centre welcomed

Councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have today (Friday) welcomed the news that Sedgemoor District Council is to contribute £28,000 towards keeping the cash-strapped Tourist Information Centre open. reported earlier this week that Burnham and Highbridge Town Council had agreed to commit £50,000 to 'throw a lifeline' to the seafront centre and, now, Sedgemoor decided to contribute a further £28,000 to keep it open for the next financial year from April 2010 to March 2011.

The working party that was set up at a meeting last month will look at ways of finding a permanent solution to ensure that the centre is retained in Burnham for the benefit of the local tourism industry.

Cllr Neville Jones, pictured above outside the centre, added: "I'm very pleased that Sedgemoor is showing some commitment to this project and am delighted that they are giving £28,000 towards keeping this vital facility open alongside the Town Council funding."

Cllr Anne Fraser, Sedgemoor's portfolio holder for Strategy and Business Services, told "I am very pleased that Sedgemoor District Council has managed to work with the Town Council to deliver a tourist service in Burnham-On-Sea for this year."

"It is sad that we have had to take these steps, but it is the reality of our funding situation. I hope that the working party will be able to come up with a long-term solution during the coming months to make sure that this excellent service can continue into the future."

Town Council Clerk Eileen Shaw added: "The only way that the Tourist Information Centre can be sustainable in the future will be with considerable assistance from the tourism industry itself and a dedicated group of volunteers who have the welfare of the town at heart. The financial contribution from the Town Council is a 'one-off' and any additional contributions to the running of the centre in future years is entirely dependent on the outcome of the deliberations of the working party and would require a further resolution from the Town Council."

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