working party to oversee Burnham town centre improvements
new working party is to be formed by the Town Council to oversee
improvements in Burnham-On-Sea after councillors decided last
night (Wednesday) not to pursue the creation of a new Town Centre
Town Improvements Committee decided that the creation of a new,
independent working party will replace the need for the Town Centre
council said it supports in principle the appointment of a Town
Centre Manager to oversee a list
of improvements, but it said it is not in a position to take
on responsibility for the role.
decision comes in the wake of two resignations - Alex
Turco, the leader of the Town Team and Cllr
Chris Williams as Chairman of the council's policy-making
committee - over the past week following a row over the position.
Wednesday night's meeting, it was proposed by Mayor Cllr Ken Smout
that the new working party be created to bring about 'quick' improvements.
needs to be a 'doing' party rather a 'working' party and will
have a time limit in order to ensure funding is spent on improvements
in Burnham as quickly as possible," he said.
Neville Jones said he supported the formation of the group, noting
that it should include members of Burnham Town Team and the Chamber
Clerk Eileen Shaw that the group would also need to have a "political
balance" in order to be as representative as possible.
Cllr Kate Lawson questioned why a new group is needed. "We
seem to be back-tracking by forming another new group. A lot of
work has already been done by the Town Team to gather and document
suggested improvements that should be taken forward."
Mrs Shaw said that the former Town Team leader Alex Turco had
said at a recent council meeting that consultation with traders
and residents had only gathered feedback from a small percentage
of the town and therefore the recommendations are "not necessarily
Dennis Davey said he is "disappointed" that more is
not being done to make "positive moves forward". He
added: "I don't see why we keep pushing back the work."
Helen Groves asked for councillors to draw a line underneath what
had happened over the past week and put politics aside in order
to move forward.
new working party is likely to work to the Town Improvements Committee
with a remit to be set by the Town Council at its next meeting.