November 3, 2010
Tourist Information Centre deal 'to be signed on November 11th'
newly formed charity which has been set up to take over the running
of Burnham-On-Sea's closure-threatened Tourist Information Centre
is set to sign a deal to take over over the building on November
11th, we can reveal.
Sedgemoor District Council has sent the newly-formed BIARS (Burnham
Information And Rescue Support) an official letter of agreement
outlining the terms and conditions upon which the group can run
the seafront centre.
"We're delighted that the centre has been saved from closure
and we hope to sign a two-year lease on November 11th if a successful
survey and other legalities are completed in time," Tom Ashton,
a senior member of the working party set up to find a new owner
for the centre, told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
But he added that BIARS will need to raise almost £10,000
to create the new charity and also to meet its legal expenses
and other start-up fees.
The working party's chairman, Neville Jones, added: "We
will need to raise a big sum to get BIARS formed and running,
but once it's opened, Burnham's tourist information centre will
be a beacon to others across Somerset."
fundraising race night is being organised on Saturday November
12th at 7pm at the Oaktree Arena to raise money for both the Tourist
Centre and Burnham's Christmas lights.
"It will be a fun evening of entertainment with all the
profits going to these two very good Burnham causes," said
He added that tickets, costing £5 each, are on sale now
at the Oaktree Arena and will also be available on the door on
The future of the seafront centre was plunged into jeopardy a
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 was required to
keep it open beyond next spring.
Sedgemoor's Executive Committee was presented with two proposals
to run the building - one from the Bay View Cafe and the other