council rejects calls
for free Christmas parking in Burnham
District Council has this week been labeled a 'Scrooge' after
turning down a request from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town
Council to waive parking charges in the two towns during the run-up
councillor Chris Williams, right, asked Sedgemoor District Council
to scrap parking charges for one week before Christmas Eve to
encourage more people to shop for their gifts locally and support
the district council says it is unable to afford the request and
told the Town Council it would only consider waiving charges briefly
during a one-day event, such as the town's Christmas lights switch-on.
Williams told Burnham-On-Sea.com he is "disappointed"
by the response, adding: "It does seem that Burnham and Highbridge
have been 'scrooged' by Sedgemoor. Free parking should be possible
for a week to help local businesses during these difficult economic
added: "It would provide a small incentive to shoppers to
come and buy at our shops in Burnham and Highbridge."
Christmas lights switch-on is being organised for Saturday November
24th by the Chamber Of Trade. Sedgemoor is therefore being asked
to consider waiving the parking charges for this event.
council used to provide free parking in the run-up to Christmas
in the two towns, but this stopped five years ago after the 2007