for town centre lights in Burnham-On-Sea to be considered
major project to replace street lights along Burnham-On-Sea's
High Street with modern, new designs is set to be considered at
a town council meeting this evening (Tuesday).
plans to replace the current Victorian street lights with modern
designs were first drawn up by the town's Civic Pride group in
2008 and are being reconsidered as part of a raft of town centre
of Burnham Chamber of Trade discussed the scheme at a meeting
last night (Monday) among several other proposals.
Chamber of Trade's Rhonda Mills told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "These
purpose-built lights would last for many years and would be capable
of holding hanging baskets in the summer and festive lights at
Christmas, plus showing off branding about Burnham with big banners.
They would also be tall enough not to hinder carnival floats passing
through the town centre."
alternative scheme being put forward is to place columns between
the existing lighting to support festive lights, hanging baskets
and banners. The existing Victorian Style lights would be retained.
There are only 19 and all the side streets and Victoria Street
have a variety of different more modern lighting columns. The
problem with this is that an already narrow and cluttered pavement
would become even more cluttered.
columns suggested by Highways are very low maintenance and do
not require expensive testing every few years. They are narrow
and elegant, have a shape that is suggestive of waves, and could
suggest that Burnham has an eye to the future as well as the past."
added: "I think they would enhance the town centre and give
it a modern feel, but we're interested in receiving feedback about
what shoppers and businesses think."
the scheme was initially drawn up, the cost of the new lights
was projected to be around £3,000 per lighting column and
with 19 proposed along the High Street the total cost would be
in 2011, when the plans were widened to include Victoria Street,
adding a further six lights, the cost of each column was estimated
to be £4,000 and the total cost was £100,000.
discussion at this evening's Town Improvements Committee meeting
comes as the Town Council and Sedgemoor District Council consider
how to spend £462,000 of funding on improving Burnham-On-Sea
cash comprises £322,000 from Tesco RLT2 development funding,
£40,000 from the Town Council and £100,000 from the
former Civic Pride Task and Finish group.