New traffic-free zone and seafront splash park proposed for Burnham
pedestrianisation of Burnham-On-Sea High Street and the launch
of a new seafront splash park are among a list of proposals unveiled
this week to rejuvenate the town.
introduction of a traffic-free shopping zone is at the top of
a 20-item list of suggested town centre improvements drawn up
by Burnham's Town Team following consultation with businesses,
residents and community groups to suggest how £320,000 of
Tesco community funding should be spent.
Turco, pictured, who heads the Town Team, outlined the proposals
during a Town Council meeting on Wednesday (July 11th).
comes after the council invited the group to compile recommendations
to help Sedgemoor District Council decide how the Tesco cash should
Turco said: "The council has two clear choices - to go ahead
with a large, highly-visible physical project such as pedestrianisation
or a seafront splash park, or to proceed with a number of smaller
schemes instead that bring wide benefits to the town centre."
added: "Pedestrianisation already works well on a limited
basis on the days that farmers markets are held in Burnham, attracting
shoppers. We're suggesting it be be extended for a trial period."
survey by the group found 42 per cent of those who responded felt
pedestrianisation would encourage them to use Burnham High Street
more, while a further 17 per cent said it may encourage them.
idea put forward is for a children's splash park on the seafront
lawns which would attract more families," added Alex.
is a divergence of views and opinions, but we've a compiled 20
of the suggestions that the council can consider."
Mayor Cllr Ken Smout thanked Mr Turco, colleague Bev Milner Simonds
and others members of the Town Team for compiling the recommendations,
saying it is a well-researched report.
Neville Jones said that the Town Council is keen to consult further
with more groups in the town centre to gain a consensus of opinion.
added that the Town Council is keen to appoint a Burnham Town
Centre Manager to this work and the overall improvements forward.
discussions are to be held before the final recommendations go
to Sedgemoor District Council later this year.