July 8, 2011
council gives 'thumbs down' to taking over regeneration
councillors have this week given a 'thumbs down' to a controversial
proposal that they take over the management of Burnham-On-Sea's
Civic Pride regeneration project.
District Council's Transport Policy Officer Tom Dougall has written
to the Town Council suggesting that it take over the long-running
project to redevelop Burnham town centre - which includes the
potential pedestrianisation of the High Street.
Burnham and Highbridge town councillors this week gave the proposal
a cool reception during their latest meeting.
Dennis Davey said: "Sedgemoor seems seems to be trying to
push everything on us to reduce its own costs."
Cllr Phil Harvey
said the proposal represents a "poisoned chalice" and
he questioned the motives for the plan.
Cllr Ken Smout added: "It sounded a potentially good idea
at first but then you consider who would take the project forward
- we would need to employ a new project manager."
Neville Jones, who chairs the Civic Pride regeneration group,
said: "The plans to redevelop the town are currently in limbo
ahead of further discussions in the autumn. Now is not the right
time to take them on."
Town Council will reconsider the proposal further at its next
full meeting in August.
this year that plans to pedestrianise part of Burnham High
Street had been delayed until September at the earliest.