parking charges in Burnham more shopper-friendly' - councillors
councillors have this week called for a review of car parking
charges in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge in a bid to make the
towns more shopper-friendly.
introduction of a new 30-minute charge in council-run car parks,
plus the introduction of longer parking times along the seafront
for tourists, and free parking across the town during the run-up
to Christmas have been proposed.
a meeting of the Town Council on Monday, Cllr Phil Harvey, pictured,
said: "The current minimum car parking charge for shoppers
here in Burnham is one hour, yet a large number of shoppers just
want to visit the town centre quickly to buy one or two items
and they only need half an hour."
"The current inflexible charges commit them to buying a whole
60 minutes, putting them off from coming into the town at all.
It's not good for the viability of the town centre and I hope
Sedgemoor will consider a new cheap rate at, say, 30p for 30 minutes.
A half hour charge is in place in Axbridge and other towns."
the debate, Cllr Chris Williams, right, also urged Sedgemoor District
Council to scrap parking charges across Burnham and Highbridge
during the pre-Christmas period.
need as much help as they can get and to waive the parking fees
for a whole two weeks before Christmas - just as Sedgemoor used
to do - would help out businesses and shoppers."
District Council's free parking in the run-up to Christmas stopped
after the 2007
Louise Parkin also said that the current maximum parking time
of four hours along The Esplanade is not long enough for families
wanting to enjoy the beach and town. "A four hour period
is fine in Bridgwater, but not in a seaside town like Burnham
where families want to spend a whole day here in the summer months
- it should be a maximum of six hours," she said.
Chamber of Trade this week said it supports the proposals. A spokesman
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Any initiatives like this that
help our town businesses and encourage people to do their shopping
locally are welcome."