£320,000 of improvements to Burnham town centre move step
of improvements to Burnham-On-Sea's town centre moved a step closer
on Thursday after a meeting was held to discuss the proposed changes.
A list of 34 possible improvements was cut down to 12 during the
first meeting of the Town Council's expanded Town Improvements
Committee which includes representatives from Burnham Chamber
of Trade, Burnham Town Team, Somerset Tourism Association and
the former Regeneration Partnership.
partial pedestrianisation of Burnham High Street remains one of
the most likely improvements to get the go-ahead.
the meeting, a straw poll of the 13 members on the committee revealed
that eight are in favour of halting traffic to make the town centre
improvements under consideration include a new water feature on
the seafront, electric car charging points, improved car parking
arrangements, a wishing well, the introduction of more farmers
markets and promoting the town centre as a shopping destination
to those out of Burnham.
committee also considered plans to further enhance the Victorian
feel of the town centre through the introduction of additional
traditional lighting columns along the High Street and Victoria
has given £320,000 of community funding towards the regeneration
of Burnham town centre to offset any damage to traders from its
Michael Clarke, who chaired Thursday's meeting, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"It was a productive first session. There were some good
ideas put forward and it's great that the proposals are moving
the ideas not being pursued are encouraging more street buskers,
building an apprentice scheme for retailers, later opening of
shops, Sunday promotion days, buddying and mentoring of retailers,
plans to map town centre occupancy, tying the beach to the town
centre more closely and reviewing street cleaning.
of those present at Thursday's meeting, who asked not to be named,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com afterwards: "The S106 money is to
compensate the town centre for the damage that the expansion of
Tesco will do. Ignoring the next generation by not having a council-led
apprenticeship scheme is a real shame for the next generation
of voters. They have decided not to encourage a cafe culture through
late opening or legalising buskers and have suggested flights
of fancy like wishing wells which is out of touch."
meetings of the group will be held in October and a final decision
is to be made in December. The recommendations will then go to
Sedgemoor District Council and some of the improvements could
start to be made early next year.