for free Christmas parking to make Burnham 'shopper-friendly'
councillors have this week called for free car parking to be introduced
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge during the run-up to Christmas
to make the towns more shopper-friendly.
want to see the normal parking fees dropped in town centre car
parks such as Pier Street (pictured), Lynton Road and Oxford Street.
a meeting of the Town Council on Monday, councillors expressed
their disappointment that Sedgemoor District Council - which runs
the car parks - has apparently waived fees in Bridgwater but not
done so in Burnham.
Helen Groves said: "Sedgemoor should be encouraging business
in the town and providing free parking each weekend before Christmas."
earns £520 per day profit from parking fees in the two towns,
so we are only talking about a £1,040 cost for a weekend's
would be great for shoppers and would also serve as a nice 'thank
you' to traders who pay high business rates in the town centre."
should not be asked by Sedgemoor to hold a specific event in the
town in order to get the free parking - it should be available
regardless in the run-up to Christmas."
comments follow a debate at Monday's Town Council meeting. Cllr
Ken Smout added: "Burnham should be treated the same as other
towns in the district - more clarity is needed from Sedgemoor."
Chamber of Trade this week said it supports the calls for more
free parking. A spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Any initiatives
that help our town businesses and encourage people to do their
shopping locally are welcome."