of town centre improvements for Burnham-On-Sea revealed
£186,000 project to modernise Burnham-On-Sea town centre
is set to go ahead over the next few months.
learns a Sedgemoor District Council 'task and finish' group has
met over the past week to approve a list of improvements which
are aimed at smartening up the town centre to make it more attractive
for shoppers, holidaymakers and residents.
funding comprises £146,000 of compensation cash from the
South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) and £40,000
from Burnham and Highbridge Town Council.
project will deliver new seating, lamp posts, paving stones and
signs along the High Street and some side streets plus other 'cosmetic'
changes to give the town centre a lift.
to make Burnham's Victoria Street one-way are also being discussed
with Somerset County Council, although this work may not proceed
during the first phase.
Councillor John Woodman, who one of several councillors and residents
on the 'task and finish group', told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "While
the fine detail about the changes is still being finalised, the
improvements are being spread across the town centre as widely
as possible to maximize the benefit. The
project will provide a good boost to the town."
Councillor Phil Harvey added: "I am really pleased this is
going ahead. The project will give Burnham's town centre a real
lift during difficult times."
understands that the £146,000 of SWRDA funding was time-limited,
so could have been lost altogether if the group had not placed
an order for the work by the end of March.
news comes a week after Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported here
that Burnham is compiling a bid for a share of £1million
of Mary Portas funding.