bridge across the river estuary at Burnham-On-Sea proposed
Burnham-On-Sea town councillor has this week proposed a new bridge
be built across the River Parrett estuary to open up more of the
coastline to walkers.
Phil Harvey, right, told a Town Council meeting that a pedestrian
bridge running across the river from south of Burnham to Steart
would help to encourage more walkers and visitors into the area
to explore a large area of coastline that is currently difficult
wanting to get across to Steart from Burnham currently have to
travel more than 15 miles by road through Bridgwater, Cannington
and Combwich which is just ridiculous," he said.
simple bridge 100 yards long across the river estuary would open
up access for walkers and cyclists. It would have to be tall enough
to allow ships and boats underneath. It would open up a large
area of land to visitors on the other side of the estuary."
comments came during a debate about Natural England's proposals
to promote coastal access around the UK. Councillors noted that
no significant improvements are planned for the Burnham area,
prompting the proposals for investment in a new river bridge.
Harvey added: "I'd like to see it flagged up for future possible
funding to enhance the area. There is an opportunity here."
proposal comes as work to develop a new £20m wildlife habitat
on the Steart penninusula continues, as first
Cllr Phil Harvey with the River Parrett estuary in the background
where the proposed bridge would stretch across