branded 'irresponsible' as beach wardens end season early
have been raised about beach safety in the Burnham-On-Sea area
this week after Sedgemoor District Council ended the seasonal
contracts of its beach wardens - even though signs at the entrances
to some beaches continue to state that the wardens are in place
As we've highlighted in the photo above, the signs at Berrow
state that no lifeguard service is in place, but the beach is
"warden patrolled from April to October".
District Council spokeswoman Claire Faun confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Our beach wardens finished for the season last Friday. While
the signs do say the beaches are watched by wardens until October,
these dates are weather dependent."
"If the forecast is good for the final fortnight of September
we can extend their contracts, but given the poor forecast we
let them go this year."
She added: "We do have people on call to return if there
is any reappearance of good weather."
one concerned local councillor, Cllr Joe Leach, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"It's very irresponsible of Sedgemoor to claim wardens are
in operation when in fact they are not."
"People will be using the beach expecting it to be wardened
and therefore they could be putting themselves at risk."
"The signs need to be changed to state that the wardening
ended in September or the wardens' contracts should run until
the start of next month."
He says he will be escalating the matter to Sedgemoor District
One regular beach user, Greg Brookes, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"It seems to be a worrying example of money-saving at the
council, but letting the wardens go a couple of weeks before advertised
is also potentially putting people at risk."