group withdraws funding bid for Town Centre Manager role
Burnham-On-Sea community group that runs the town's tourist information
centre has this week announced it is withdrawing its bid for funding
to create a new Town Centre Manager.
(Burnham Information and Rescue Support) had said last
week that it was in negotiations with Sedgemoor District Council
about a possible funding bid.
a statement has been issued by the BIARS management committee
today (Monday) saying: "The Management Committee of BIARS
has reluctantly made the decision not to proceed with the plan
to seek part-funding from Sedgemoor District Council to employ
a Business and Tourism Officer after not receiving the full support
of Burnham and Highbridge Town Council."
was intended to introduce a 'dual' role post, on a three year
contract, incorporating the duties of Tourism and Town Centre
Management as it was thought that this would allow the correlation
of the two objectives to be addressed at a much reduced cost rather
than create two posts."
BIARS Team believed that it could have provided a service from
its premises which would have been a benefit to various people
in the town. Although we have only been operating since April
2011, the model has been a success story due to the commitment
of the volunteers and the Management Committee who have shown
a dedication to achieve our constitution objectives and assisting
the town's sea rescue charities and tourist information by being
pro-active and addressing issues."
is our intention to continue with the tourism post to enhance
our profile, to generate further funding for charities and to
advertise what Burnham-On-Sea has available for locals and tourists."