April 1, 2011
for £250,000 eco-friendly seafront rollercoaster are unveiled
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...
proposals for a £250,000 eco-friendly rollercoaster on Burnham-On-Sea's
seafront have been unveiled by a London entrepreneur this week.
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.
company behind the scheme, 4-1 Eco-Entertainment, also wants to
incorporate several power-generating wind turbines into the structure
capture power from onshore prevailing winds.
it says that it intends to generate enough electricity to meet
half of Burnham's total power needs.
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.
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 Burnham-On-Sea.com.
details are expected to be announced in coming days as the scheme
is considered by town and district councillors.