Row over plans for new £75k Burnham Town Centre Manager
councillors have this week earmarked £75,000 towards appointing
a new Town Centre Manager in Burnham-On-Sea despite a disagreement
on whether the person is required.
a meeting of the council's Town Improvements Committee on Tuesday
(November 27th), councillors supported proposals to proceed with
the creation of the new post to boost the town centre a lift.
part-time position, to be funded over three years at £25,000
per year, would be in place to attract new businesses into the
town centre and increase the new number of visitors.
cash would come from the community funding that Tesco is giving
to rejuvenate the town centre to offset the impact of its new
Burnham resident Tony Lynham, who sits on the committee, said
he is "completely against" the proposals. "Creating
a Town Centre Manager several years ago was a complete failure
last time and had no benefit for the town. Nothing has changed
and I just don't see the point of it. I'd prefer to see the traders
sponsoring the manager rather than it coming from this funding,"
Cllr Tom Nicholls disagreed, explaining: "When money is coming
from Tesco to help our town centre, why would we ask traders for
more in addition? There are clear benefits here."
businessman Mike Murphy, who also sits on the committee, said
the objectives of the Town Centre Manager would have to be tightly
last manager had too wide a brief because she covered Bridgwater
as well as Burnham. This time, the efforts need to be focussed
here," he said.
a discussion about the manager's role, Mr Murphy said he sees
the person encourging companies to invest in Burnham. And Bev
Milner Simonds from Burnham Town Team added: "The manager's
priority has to be in helping the existing traders survive and
increasing the footfall in the town then looking for new businesses."
proposal to create the new Town Centre Manager 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 The ultimate decision will rest
with Sedgemoor District Council, which controls the overall pot