Published: April 1, 2011
Plans for £250,000 eco-friendly seafront rollercoaster are unveiled

We had some of you fooled with this April Fool's Day story! We can confirm that there are no plans for a rollercoaster on Burnham seafront at this time...

Exciting proposals for a £250,000 eco-friendly rollercoaster on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront have been unveiled by a London entrepreneur this week.

The 40 metre tall 'Burnham Powercoaster' - which would equal the height of Weston's seafront wheel - has been earmarked for council land opposite the town's Sailing Club.

The company behind the scheme, 4-1 Eco-Entertainment, also wants to incorporate several power-generating wind turbines into the structure to capture power from onshore prevailing winds.

Ambitiously, it says that it intends to generate enough electricity to meet half of Burnham's total power needs.

Keen to reduce any impact on nearby residents, the company has proposed that the rollercoaster is located at the southern end of The Esplanade, away from residential areas, but where it would also still be visible to tourists on the seafront.

"These are exciting plans for Burnham. We expect that around 30,000 visitors will be willing to pay the £5 entry fee during the first year. They will be treated to superb views across the Bristol Channel. With extra income from the power generation, we fully expect to enter profit within 18 months," entrepreneur Jim Harvey told

More details are expected to be announced in coming days as the scheme is considered by town and district councillors.


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