February 27, 2011
MP backs calls for better payment key facilities in Burnham-On-Sea
MP has this week given her backing to local residents who are
campaigning for more shops in the town to offer facilities to
top-up electricity and gas payment keys.
Tessa Munt say she fully sympathises with frustrated residents
who say Burnham is poorly served because just one outlet - the
town's Post Office - offers the facilities to re-charge the widely-used
utility payment keys.
resident Lyn Salvidge told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I live in
rented accommodation and rely heavily on being able to top up
my payment key for electricity supplies."
used to be able to recharge the keys at the former Threshers store
in College Street, at the Esso garage in Oxford Street and at
the former Somerfield supermarket, but now it is only Burnham
Post Office which offers top-ups."
Post Office has limited opening hours, particularly at weekends,
and only provides Payzone top-ups - not Paypoint services - which
leaves Burnham very poorly served."
so frustrating when there are five outlets in Highbridge at Asda,
the Burnham Road Stores, the Post Office, Buncombes Garage and
One Stop Shop - four of which have Paypoint facilities."
Tessa Munt told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "This issue
does need to be urgently resolved. It's good that the Post Office
is doing a fantastic job in providing the top-ups, but we need
other retailers in Burnham to come forward to offer this vital
service at other times of the day as well."
Tessa says she is also going to be campaigning to get better
financial incentives introduced for smaller shops to offer the
has written to the managers of Morrisons, Tesco and Esso in Burnham
asking them to consider taking up the Paypoint and Zone Key chargers.
resident, Fiona Cawley, added: "The current situation here
in Burnham is potentially a risk to public health. Not being able
to buy electricity raises concerns about the well-being of the
elderly and young families who may have no have heating or be
able to cook. I hope we can get Morrisons and several other traders
offering the payment key top-ups very soon."
(top) are MP Tessa Munt with some of the residents and councillors
who are campaigning for more venues to buy payment key top-ups
in Burnham and (above) Tessa with Lyn Salvidge outside Burnham