20 new pedestrian signs proposed for Burnham town centre
20 new pedestrian signs look set to be introduced in Burnham-On-Sea
town centre as part of an £8,000 initiative to help visitors
find important locations quicker and easier.
Betty from Somerset County Council's highways team unveiled the
proposals during a presentation to the Town Council's Town Improvements
Committee this week.
said: "Old pedestrian signs will be removed and 21 new sign
posts would be introduced at strategic locations, such as street
corners, to help direct shoppers from car parks to shopping areas
and other facilities."
added that the new signs would include walking distances and the
average time to walk to each destination.
would include commercial sites of interest such as the swimming
pool, cinema, post office and pier, plus council-run facilities
such as Marine Cove and the library.
Ken Smout told the meeting he supports a re-think on signage,
but that the number of new signs must be kept in moderation. "We
could run the risk of having death by sign-post and overwhelming
visitors if there are too many," he warned.
Betty said the cost of removing existing signs and introducing
the new ones would be £8,600 - with funding coming from
Tesco's £320,000 community cash to offset the opening of
its expanded Burnham store.
proposals come just weeks after Burnham-On-Sea.com reported here
that a clampdown on confusing sign 'clutter' had been proposed
Chamber of Trade.
currently no consistent approach on what the signs are used for
- they need to be improved to encourage pedestrian movement and
help increase footfall in the shopping area, boosting economic
activity," said Alex Turco, representing the Chamber.
proposals will now go forward to the January meeting of the full
Town Council where a decision will be made on whether this scheme
- and others - will benefit from the Tesco community cash, which
has been given to the town centre to offset the impact of its
new extension. The ultimate decision rests with Sedgemoor District
Council, which controls the overall pot of funding.