February 28, 2011
Traders call for re-think on location of Burnham farmers market
in Burnham-On-Sea have this week called on the organisers of the
town's monthly farmers markets to consider moving them.
At a meeting of Burnham's Chamber Of Trade on Monday evening
(February 28th), several shop owners raised concerns about the
"traffic chaos" which it is claimed the monthly markets
create on the last Friday of every month.
The comments came during a visit by Philip Wookey, the manager
of Burnham's farmers market.
Dennis Preedy of DP Menswear said: "I am a supporter of
farmers markets, but the current location right in the centre
of Burnham High Street is wrong. It causes chaos for motorists
and puts off many shoppers from visiting altogether."
trade always takes a big decline on market day because customers
find it so difficult to park nearby. I am not alone - several
other shops around the junction of Cross Street are also hurt
on market day."
Moving the market to either Victoria Street, one of the town's
car parks, or further along the High Street, has been put forward
Another trader, Geoff Shickle, said: "I am a firm backer
of the market, but think it would be better situated further along
the High Street towards the junction with Abingdon Street. There
would be more room for it to expand with extra stalls and the
car park facilities would be closer, encouraging more people to
visit on market day."
Farmers Market Manager Philip Wookey said: "We are very
keen to work with the traders and are open to all suggestions."
He also confirmed that while the market receives grant funding
from the Town Council, it is still liable for business rates.