November 23, 2010
Burnham-On-Sea tourist centre charity appeals for helpers
The organisers of a new charity set up to take over Burnham-On-Sea's
closure-threatened Tourist Information Centre have this week appealed
for more volunteers to come forward to help run the service.
Cllr Neville Jones and Tom Ashton are pictured signing an official
letter of agreement with Sedgemoor District Council on behalf
of the newly-formed charity BIARS (Burnham Information And Rescue
Support) to take over the centre from the start of April 2011.
Now, they are urging would-be helpers to attend a public meeting
next Monday (November 29th) at 7pm in Burnham's Town Council Chambers
in Jaycroft Road to find out more about the centre.
absolutely delighted that the centre has been saved from closure
and now require as many volunteers as possible to come forward
and help run the centre," Mr Ashton told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
"Anyone with an interest in becoming a helper, supporter
or volunteer should come along to Monday's meeting."
"They are exciting times ahead and this is an opportunity
for residents to play an important role in continuing the centre's
The working party's chairman, Neville Jones, added: "Once
it's opened, Burnham's tourist information centre will be a beacon
to others across Somerset."
Mr Ashton is due to meet Sedgemoor bosses over the next few days
to iron out some of the finer details of the arrangements and
BIARS also still needs to raise almost £5,000 to formally
set-up the charity.
The future of the seafront centre was plunged into jeopardy a
after the cash-strapped 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 from BIARS.