January 29, 2011
Council steps up its readiness for severe winter weather
new mobile road salting spreader is to be introduced in Burnham
and Highbridge, along with extra grit bins, in a bid to reduce
the impact of heavy snowfall causing disruption in the two towns
the pre-Christmas extreme weather, the Town Council has this month
held two meetings with officers from Sedgemoor District Council
and Somerset County Council to try and improve the two towns'
Those present at the meetings recognised that it was important
to make the best use of limited resources.
The Town Council has decided to press Somerset County Council
to add more roads in Burnham and Highbridge to its salting network
after several key roads were untreated during December's heavy
Sedgemoor District Council, assisted by a small amount of funding
from Burnham and Highbridge Town Council, is intending to purchase
a mobile salt spreader for use on the main routes in Burnham and
Town Council will also be providing four additional salt/grit
bins, making eight in total, in an effort to help both residents
and traders to help themselves by sweeping away snow and salting
the pavements. These, subject to the agreement of the Highways
Authority, will be located at Victoria Street in Burnham (near
the Post Office), near the junction of the High Street and Cross
Street in Burnham, at the junction of Abingdon Street/High Street,
Stoddens Road, Pepperall Road in Highbridge (by the entrance to
the doctors surgery), Market Street in Highbridge, Morland
Road in Highbridge (near the junction with the Burnham Road) and
Church Street in Highbridge (by the junction with Grange Avenue).
The Town Council staff in Jaycroft Road will also liaise with
the Burnham depot supervisor to make the best use of available
manpower during extreme weather conditions to sweep away snow
from as many strategic locations as possible to enable residents
at the very least access to car parks and shops.
Clerk Eileen Shaw told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The town council
recognises the difficulties faced by traders and residents alike
during the pre-Christmas bad weather and has endeavoured to find
better ways of working with other authorities to support our towns."
"Householders and traders should not be discouraged from
acting as good citizens in clearing snow from pavements in front
of their businesses and homes because of fears as to what their
legal liability might be. If people use common sense and take
reasonable care to see that they do not create a new and worse
risk, they should have nothing to be afraid of. The only person
at risk is someone who does things so badly that they are worse
than when they started."
Residents are asked to contact the Town Clerks office (01278
788088) to report any areas of concern.