shake-up on the cards for Burnham-On-Sea High Street
number of disabled car parking spaces and loading bays along Burnham-On-Sea
High Street could soon be reduced in a bid to free up more spaces
for shoppers in the town centre.
proposal was put forward at a meeting of the Town Council's Town
Improvements Committee last night (Tuesday) during ongoing discussions
about how to spend over £320,000 of Tesco community cash
to encourage more shoppers into Burnham.
Neville Jones proposed that the maximum parking time for disabled
users in the High Street be reduced to two hours - and to a maximum
of one hour for normal motorists - in a bid to increase a faster
turnaround of shoppers.
Michael Clarke added: "Some disabled-only spaces could be
moved into the side streets to free up more parking for shoppers
and generate more trade."
survey is to be carried out on how many spaces and loading bays
could be moved or removed to create more short-term parking spaces.
committee also reconsidered partial pedestrianisation of the High
Street, with a scheme to introduce a new coloured road surface
between Cross Street and Adam Street discussed.
Clarke said he had spoken to over a dozen traders in recent days
about the plans and none were in favour of pedestrianisation.
"Only shoppers and residents want it - not the businesses,"
Mayor Ken Smout cautioned: "We need to be very careful when
considering any form of pedestrianisation. It will upset a lot
of people - I would be happier with a partial scheme to reduce
Tuesday's meeting, members of the committee voted in favour of
keeping a Victorian theme to the High Street as they considered
plans for new street lighting, as we first featured here.
The committee is to further investigate lighting changes for columns
in the town centre.
merits of a new shopfront art scheme for the High Street were
also discussed in which metal shutters of shops would be painted
by local artists to add a splash of colour. Rhonda Mills from
the Chamber of Trade explained: "Many of the rusty metal
shutters do look horrible and don't help the town centre's image
at all. There are several local artists who have expressed an
interest in helping to brighten up the High Street by decorating
possibility of creating a new role for a Town Centre Manager in
Burnham was also discussed. The Town Team's Jonathan Walter said:
"A Town Centre Manager would be ideal for organising events
similar to the recent popular Food Festival - there are numerous
other events and activities they we'd like to see held to encourage
more shoppers and visitors into Burnham."
to give an annual grant of £5,000 to the Town Team and Chamber
of Trade to run more town centre events and encourage visitors
was proposed by Tony Lynham and the idea will be discussed further
later in the month.
ideas on the cards include a new water feature and play area on
the seafront near the Bay View cafe, but the plans were given
lukewarm support after the cost of around £90,000 was revealed.
for a wishing well, meanwhile, outside the Baptist Church have
been removed from the list of potential improvements altogether.
And plans for a new car park on the former putting green at Crosses
Pen in Berrow Road were discussed but not taken forward at this
recommendations on how to spend the £322,000 of Tesco funding
will be put forward to December's Town Council meeting and a final
decision will be taken by Sedgemoor District Council shortly afterwards.