and safety fears halt Burnham-On-Sea's Britain In Bloom bid
has pulled out of this year's Britain
In Bloom competition amid concerns about the safety of lighting
columns along the town's High Street.
means colourful hanging baskets like these will not be hung from
lamp posts along the town's High Street this summer.
of Burnham's entry into the contest have made the surprise decision
not to enter the regional competition for the first time in many
Young, secretary of Burnham In Bloom, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Our hanging baskets are usually displayed along the High
Street and are a key part of Burnham's bid, helping us to win
Silver Gilt awards in recent years."
unfortunately many of the existing lighting columns are aging
and are in a poor condition and do not meet health and safety
standards. We have concerns that some would not be able to hold
the weight of the baskets this year."
added: "Many of the High Street columns are due to be upgraded
this year as part of the town's regeneration project. Rather than
spend £1,000 now on buying new safety brackets that may
not fit onto the new columns, we've decided to take a year off
and wait for the new lamp posts to be installed."
is a shame because we had hoped the new lighting columns would
be in place by now, but we will come back next year with a great
and Highbridge Town Council Clerk Eileen Shaw confirmed that the
columns are due to be replaced by Somerset County Council.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are expecting the existing lighting
columns to be replaced later this year, but this will unfortunately
be too late for the summer season."
the town's Burnham In Bloom competition - where awards are given
to local traders and residents who display flowers in the town
- will go ahead as normal. Entry forms will be available shortly
from the seafront information centre and a special award for the
'most patriotic display' to mark the Queen's Jubilee will also
be given this year.
Top, Burnham High Street last summer and, centre, organisers Richard
Young and Dave Perrett hanging the baskets in 2011 and, above,
celebrating the silver gilt award with Burnham's Mayor and Mayoress