attacked for delays on £320,000 town centre improvements
councillors came under attack last night (Monday) for further
delays to £320,000 of improvements for Burnham-On-Sea town
members of Burnham's Town Team criticised the council for its
delays in drawing up plans to spend £320,000 of Tesco community
cash to help the town centre compete against supermarkets.
Monday's Town Council meeting, the council decided not to make
a final decision on how the cash is spent in Burnham until December
at the earliest in order to allow more consultation to be carried
out on the possible improvements.
the Town Team's Bev Milner Simonds told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
town centre has had a dreadful trading season and it is envisaged
that the winter trade will be further eroded by the completion
of the expansion work at Tesco."
£320,000 was paid to Sedgemoor by Tesco because of the known
damage that the Tesco work would make to Burnham High Street.
The further delay by the Town Council will not serve this town
Monday's meeting, Town Team members Sylvia Young, Jon Walter,
Linda Bullimore and Bev Milner Simonds all criticised the council
for its delays.
explained: "Despite having conducted two extensive consultations,
one directly on behalf of the Town Council, the councillors have
shown themselves incapable of making a decision to send the recommendations
to Sedgemoor made to them on 11th July."
councillors have instead decided to send the decision about what
to recommend to Sedgemoor back to the Town Improvements Committee
for a second time and for them to form a pseudo working party
comprising of eight councillors and six residents chosen by them
for the purposes of coming up with a recommendation in time for
December's Town Council meeting."
councillors said they are keen to ensure that as many representative
groups as possible are involved in deciding what improvements
Town Team submitted its 20
proposals to regenerate the town centre to the Town Council
in July. The introduction of a pedestrianised zone in Burnham's
High Street was at the top of the 20-item list, which was drawn
up following consultation with businesses, residents and community
issue will be further discussed at the next Burnham Town Team
meeting on Thursday 13th September at 6:30pm at The Ritz Social
Club when all will be welcome.