Burnham to Wales passenger ferry service given council boost
to launch a new commercial passenger ferry service between Burnham-On-Sea
and Wales have moved a step closer this week after the Town Council
gave its financial backing to the project.
a meeting on Wednesday (June 6th), councillors voted in favour
of earmarking £2,500 towards the venture, which they hope
will boost local tourism and bring new visitors to the town.
Cllr Neville Jones told the Town Council's Policy and Finance
Committee: "This is a great opportunity to bring the ferry
to Burnham and put us on the map. It is a marvellous opportunity
that will potentially provide lots of financial benefit."
first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com here,
businessman Chris Marrow wants to begin trials of the new ferry
between Burnham and Cardiff later this year. He says: "Ferry
services to Wales provide the potential to provide a significant
boost to the economy of Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Sedgemoor."
the benefits of the service were questioned by several councillors.
Cllr Chris Williams said: "£2,500 is a relatively small
sum, but I am not convinced that the ferry will bring much advantage
to Burnham. Shoppers may well go to Cardiff but I fear few will
come from Wales to shop here. That said, I would not want to step
in the way of this moving forward."
Phil Harvey also questioned how the funding would be used and
added that it was unclear whether it would used on a feasibility
study or actual ferry runs. Cllr Jones assured him that the money
would be given towards the cost of holding the trials.
voted in favour of giving the funds to the service on the understanding
that funding would also be given by Sedgemoor District Council
and Somerset Tourism Association.
debated whether they should be helping a commercial business,
but it was confirmed that under the 1972 Local Government Act
they can contribute to organisations encouraging tourism.