Over 200 Burnham-On-Sea residents back Mary Portas £1m cash
Street pedestrianisation and extra street markets are among the
suggested improvements proposed by more than 200 people who have
completed a survey supporting Burnham-On-Sea's bid to secure a
share of £1million of Mary Portas regeneration funding.
group of residents co-ordinating the bid say they are "delighted"
with the response to the survey, which closed this evening (Wednesday).
information is being gathered to help the team write a 'vision'
for the future of Burnham town centre, which forms a core part
of the overall funding bid.
of the team, Bev Milner-Simonds, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "There
have been lots of good suggestions from people across the community,
with the most popular being High Street pedestrianisation, more
farmer's markets, extra outdoor eating areas on pavements, and
a better range of shops."
addition to over 200 online survey entries, we've had a further
60 face-to-face responses from shoppers in the town, plus feedback
from local schoolchildren and businesses. A short video to support
our bid was filmed across the town on Tuesday, so our bid is on
track to be submitted by the end of the month."
follow-up public meeting is set to be held in Burnham's Princess
Theatre this Thursday (March 22nd) at 6pm in the Pizey Room to
discuss the survey results in more detail - and also estbalish
how they will fit into the overall bid for funding.
is competing against dozens of other towns across the country
who are bidding for the chance to resuscitate their faltering
high streets with the help of cash from the government scheme
led by retail guru Mary Portas, pictured.
£1m pot is to be shared out between 12 towns and successful
bids can receive up to £100,000 plus the benefit of expertise.
fund, made up of government cash, is one of a series of ideas
put forward by Mary Portas in an effort to halt the decline of
British high streets as shoppers head to out-of-town superstores
and increasingly shop online.
get in touch with Burnham's town team, contact Burnham-On-Sea
Chamber of Trade by sending a letter to Sea Breeze Art Gallery
at 37 Victoria Street, Burnham or email the chamber's secretary,
Jonathan Walter, here.
Top, two members of the Burnham bid team, Bev Milner-Simonds and
Ben Metcalfe, holding a copy of the survey