chosen to decide how £320k of Tesco cash is spent in Burnham
Town Council has this week appointed the group of community representatives
who will decide how £320,000 of Tesco cash is spent on improving
the town centre.
of the council's Town Improvements Committee have agreed that
six representatives of the community will be co-opted onto the
committee to join the discussions.
Town Team will be invited to send two representatives, while Burnham
Chamber of Trade will have one, Somerset Tourism Association will
have one and there will also be two members of Burnham's former
Regeneration Partnership Mike Murphy and Tony Lynham.
has given more than £320,000 of community funding towards
the regeneration of Burnham town centre to offset any damage to
traders from its store expansion (pictured above). However, the
funding is time-boxed and has to be spent by March.
Clerk Eileen Shaw told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It is the intention
that additional meetings of the Town Improvements Committee will
be held during the coming months to make final recommendations
to the Town Council, hopefully at the December meeting, but most
definitely by the January 2013 meeting."
"In coming to a decision on these recommendations, the Committee
will need to assess fully the impact of schemes recommended on
the environment, local businesses and residents, and how sustainable
such schemes would be in the long term."
will also be necessary to produce budget costings for schemes
recommended, including any long term revenue expenditure implications,
to be sure that they are affordable within the limited funding
the legal agreement for this funding is between Sedgemoor District
Council and Tesco stores, the decision on whether to accept the
Town Council's final recommendations will rest with SDC."
The first meeting of the Town Improvements Committee at which
the subject is to be addressed will be held on Thursday 27th September
at 6pm in the Council Chambers in Jaycroft Road.