March 7, 2011
Burnham-On-Sea regeneration plans look set to be downsized
councillors have this week pledged their continuing financial
support to plans to regenerate Burnham-On-Sea's High Street even
though the project is now likely to be downsized amid new delays.
At a meeting on Monday evening (March 7th), councillors voted
in favour of earmarking £45,000 of funding to the project.
It comes after Burnham-On-Sea.com reported
last week that the town's Civic Pride group had decided that the
proposals to pave over the High Street between Cross Street and
Adam Street would not go ahead before September at the earliest.
Cllr Neville Jones, who is Chairman of the Civic Pride group,
told Monday's meeting of the full town council: "The Civic
Pride group understands that times are pretty hard on the High
Street at the moment and that to close off a large part of it
would not be the right thing to do at this time."
"One possibility is that we proceed with a smaller scheme
to introduce trees and other smaller scale improvements in the
area near Bulls opticians. This is being looked at again."
Jones went on to tell town councillors: "As we are not proceeding
with the original scheme, you might want your funding back, particularly
as we will not be proceeding with the project for at least six
months or more."
But town councillors voted unanimously in favour of keeping their
£45,000 earmarked for the project.
Cllr Jones also revealed that Sedgemoor District Council is approaching
Tesco over its pledge to give £300,000 of community RTL2
funding to the Civic Pride project.
"One of the conditions placed on Tesco's Burnham store when
it was given approval to proceed with its expansion was that it
would provide £300,000 of funding as soon as building begins.
As that now seems to be underway at the Love Lane store, this
is being followed up," he said.
The Civic Pride group had hoped the scheme could be introduced
by Easter this year.
Sedgemoor District Council's Executive last autumn unanimously
agreed that over £158,000 of funding could be spent on creating
the pedestrian-only zone.