offers free parking for Burnham's Christmas lights switch-on
District Council is to offer free car parking in Burnham-On-Sea
during this Saturday's Christmas lights switch-on, the first time
it has waived charges since 2007.
council will remove charges in all of Burnham's car parks from
3pm on Saturday (24th November) to encourage attendance at the
switch-on and help to boost trade at the town's shops.
decision follows complaints from Burnham and Highbridge Town Council
after the district council turned down an earlier request to waive
parking charges for a whole week during the run-up to Christmas.
A Sedgemoor spokesman said it would offer free parking during
events to promote festive shopping.
afternoon of free family entertainment will be held outside
the Somerset and Dorset pub in Burnham High Street from 3pm this
Saturday, featuring music Burnham's
Mudlarks Community Choir, St Andrew's School and local hand bell
Christmas is due to arrive at around 3.20pm, with free surprises
for children. There will also be face painting for youngsters.
Carnival Queen will arrive at 4.30pm, along with the Mayor and
VIP guests, including Burnham's Olympic torch bearers, and the
switch-on itself will take place at 4.45pm.
equestrian rider Deb Criddle, right, who won three medals at the
2012 London Games, will be joined by Burnham Paralympic swimmer
Anthony Stephens in switching on the lights.
traders in Burnham will be staying open until 6.30pm after the
Christmas switch-on for visitors to get their Christmas shopping
event will be led by local radio presenter Ian Burrage and it
is being organised by Burnham Chamber of Trade, Burnham Town Team
and Burnham Lions. Any late changes will be announced on Burnham-On-Sea.com.
spokesman for the Chamber of Trade welcomed the free parking,
telling Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This is excellent news. Our
members appreciate the news and hope that it encourages more residents
to come along to the switch-on and do some early Christmas shopping
in the town."
district council used to provide free parking in the run-up to
Christmas, but this stopped five years ago after the 2007
parking offer. Town councillor Chris Williams has campaigned
for the re-introduction of the parking offer.
Burnham Chamber of Trade official website