lorry ban and one-hour parking limit proposed for Burnham
could soon be able to park for no longer than one hour in Burnham-On-Sea
town centre - and delivery lorries could be banned during the
daytime - as part of radical new plans to make the town more 'shopper
new one-hour maximum parking restriction will be introduced along
town centre roads, excluding The Esplanade and car parks, during
2013 by Somerset County Council in a bid to standardise parking
rules. The only exception will be disabled motorists, who will
have a two hour limit.
Council Clerk Eileen Shaw told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "There
are many different parking restrictions in force at the moment
across the town centre, which make it confusing for motorists.
We also hope that introducing an hour's limit will increase the
amount of parking spaces available during the daytime."
part of the proposals, the number of disabled spaces along the
High Street may be reduced and time restrictions could be introduced
on loading bays.
daytime lorry ban in the High Street is also being considered
by the council.
Tony Lynham told the latest meeting of the Town Improvements Committee:
"There is frequent chaos in the town centre when delivery
vans and lorries clog up the streets. I and many other residents
would like to see the High Street lorry free between 10am and
Turco, representing Burnham Chamber of Trade, said he "worries
about the practicalities of a lorry ban" and added it would
be "very difficult to enforce given couriers from outside
of the area would be unaware of the restrictions."
Mayor Ken Smout added: "Some shops along the High Street
have no rear access to make alternative deliveries in the day
away from the High Street so a pragmatic approach would have to
Michael Clarke, who chairs the Town Improvements Committee, said:
"We won't please everyone. A good balance is needed to please
residents and traders and improve the overall situation."
proposals will be considered again in further detail at the Town
Council's next meeting.