parked cars block hovercrafts after seafront roadworks
Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft charity BARB has this week warned
that vital minutes could be wasted in reaching beach rescues because
of council delays in repainting double yellow lines outside its
Parts of Burnham's South Esplanade were resurfaced in September,
but the council has still not repainted double yellow lines across
the front of the Coastguard and hovercraft stations.
Motorists have been parking vehicles there, as pictured, and
wandering off - potentially preventing the life-saving Coastguard
trucks and hovercrafts from leaving.
BARB Operations Manager Mike Lowe told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It
is potentially serious because vital seconds or minutes could
be lost by our crews having to find motorists to move their vehicles."
"During our most recent call-out last week one of the crew
had to politely ask a driver to move his car as the hovercraft
was about to be taken out of the station to reach an incident."
Mike added: "While we're grateful to the County Council
for resurfacing the road, the double yellow lines need to be restored
as quickly as possible. We reported the matter to the council
last week as an urgent matter."
Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council's Cabinet Member for Highways,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "You cant always compensate
or plan for human error."
He added that action has been demanded of the council's contractors
within 24 hours.
"Anyone parking there is parked on a No parking at
any time area. We call on drivers to use their commonsense.
Lives should never be put at risk unnecessarily," he said.