January 11, 2011
councillors plan ahead for more heavy snowfall
grit bins are to be introduced in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
in an effort by the town council to avoid more icy scenes like
these in the future after heavy snowfall.
a meeting on Monday evening (January 10th), town councillors considered
their response to clearing ice and snow along Burnham's High Street
during December following complaints from businesses
addition to securing more grit bins, councillors are to approach
the Chamber Of Trade groups in both Burnham and Highbridge to
seek more help in keeping streets and pavements clear of snow
and ice in the future.
Town Clerk Eileen Shaw told councillors at Monday's meeting:
"Last month's snow came at a bad time. The heavy snowfall
fell on a Friday when everyone had left the office and by Monday
morning it had all frozen over. Spreading grit on frozen snow
would do nothing to clear it."
"Our situation was not helped by the minimal supply of grit
we received from the County Council and just one person, our handyman,
being available. He found it difficult to get around due to the
state of the roads, so we were left in a difficult position."
Ken Smout added: "They were extreme weather conditions last
month, which left us with extreme circumstances. I have never
seen the High Street in such a state, it was quite dangerous,
but people have to take on responsibilities under such conditions.
The council's policy is to help people to help themselves."
Cllr Neville Jones added: "There is some urgency about getting
new plans in place considering we're only half way through the
winter and more snow could come."
"We need to get prepared. Let's have a conversation with
both Burnham and Highbridge Chamber of Trades to see whether their
members could lend a hand next time."
Janet Keen added during Monday's meeting that a fresh look needs
to be taken at the roads in Burnham that are on the county council's
"We need SCC to consider adding one road in particular to
its priority gritting routes - Marine Drive. This is an essential
Cllr Joe Leach agreed, saying: "Marine Drive was an absolute
disgrace - it was in a dangerous condition for days."
Mike Mansfield asked why snow in one area of Burnham High Street
where the farmers' market was set up had been cleared so quickly
during the week before Christmas.
"The rest of the High Street was left in a dangerous state,
while the farmer's market stalls received special attention,"
But Mrs Shaw responded: "The farmers market team cleared
the snow themselves with the help of the district council. The
market was definitely not treated with a higher priority than
the rest of the High Street."
Councillors agreed to seek to acquire four extra grit bins -
two each for Burnham and Highbridge.
Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported here
how several businesses had been left financially reeling due to
the pavements being turned into an 'ice rink' during what should
have been the busiest shopping period of the year just before