Published: September 14, 2011
Delays hit re-opening of Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens

The official opening of Burnham-On-Sea's refurbished Marine Cove gardens has been postponed this week due to last-minute delays in getting the project completed.

Sedgemoor District Council announced on Wednesday (September 14th) that it is delaying the opening ceremony which had been planned for Saturday September 24th and will announce a new date soon.

Burnham-On-Sea.com understands the delays centre around the completion of lighting and water features.

Vicky Banham, Sedgemoor District Council spokeswoman, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Certain aspects of the work have taken longer than anticipated to complete, such as the water feature and lighting."

"The council has therefore decided that the planned ceremony was too close to the completion of the project for it to have everything in place that it would want for the opening ceremony."

She added: "The council is working hard with the Friends of Marine Cove and all local agencies to ensure that the final stages of the restoration project are completed as soon as possible and will announce the new date for the ceremony when it has been finalised."

The £360,000 refurbishment project - which is being part-funded with £344,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund - includes new paving, landscaping, walls, fencing, lighting, seating and water features at the seafront gardens.

During the past week, new turf has been laid, the seafront shelters have been given a final coat of paint and a replica 1920s cherub statue has been re-introduced to the centre of the garden's pond.

Pictured: The newly-refurbished Marine Cove gardens in Burnham-On-Sea


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