March 2, 2011
pedestrianisation plans put on hold until autumn
controversial £210,000 project to pedestrianise part of
Burnham-On-Sea High Street has been put on hold until the autumn.
At a meeting of Burnham's Chamber of Trade this week, traders
were informed that the town's Civic Pride group had decided that
the scheme to pave over the High Street between Cross Street and
Adam Street would not go ahead before September at the earliest.
Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported last
November that the plans had been given a cool reception by
many High Street businesses, who fear the scheme will hurt their
trade. There was also not overwhelming backing from the public
for the scheme at a public exhibition.
Neville Jones, Chairman of the Civic Pride group, said this week
that the decision to delay the project had been prompted by the
"difficult economic climate".
The Civic Pride group had hoped the scheme could be introduced
by Easter this year. Surveying work was even carried out by the
County Council last autumn, as pictured here.
Sedgemoor District Council's Executive last autumn unanimously
agreed that over £158,000 of funding could be spent on creating
the pedestrian-only zone.