charges in Burnham rise, but new 30-minute fee is welcomed
brand new half-hour car parking charge is to be introduced in
Burnham-On-Sea from next week to make the town more friendly to
shoppers - but there will also be various increases in charges
at the same time.
new 30p fee for 30 minutes' parking is being introduced by Sedgemoor
District Council from Tuesday (April 2nd) at car parks in Lynton
Road, Oxford Street and Pier Street West.
Phil Harvey, pictured, who proposed the new rate last year, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The minimum car parking charge for shoppers
has been one hour which is no good for many shoppers who just
want to visit the town centre quickly to buy one or two items,
so I welcome this change and hope it benefits shoppers and traders."
Burnham Chamber of Trade spokesman also welcomed the news, saying:
"The new 30-minute fee is great news - it will make our town
centre even more attractive for visitors."
it's not all good news, since the district council is hiking up
hourly car parking charges at Lynton Road (right), Oxford Street,
Pier Street and Berrow Road by 10p. Two hours parking will cost
an extra 20p, four hours will go up by 10p, and full-day charges
will rise by 30p.
parking will remain free of charge in Burnham throughout the summer
in a bid to encourage more coaches into the town, but boat trailer
parking at the Pier Street car park will rise by 30p for a whole
Mayor Ken Smout told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I very much welcome
the new 30-minute fee, which I hope will encourage more visitors
into the town centre. The small increases elsewhere are regrettable,
but we are grateful that Sedgemoor has kept these to a minimum."
Cllr Louise Parkin added: "They do seem to be sensible increases
but I would not want to see our car park charges rise every year
- we need to encourage shoppers and visitors into the town. I
am especially pleased that the coach fees remain free, particularly
given all the work that's underway by the BIARS tourism manager
to encourage coaches into the town."
are small rises in Highbridge too, where parking at the Bank Street
car park will rise 10p to 60p for one hour, while two hours' parking
will increase by 20p to £1.20, four hours' parking will
be 30p dearer at £2.40 and all-day parking will be up 30p
Chris Williams, pictured above, said he would prefer the increases
to be delayed, telling Burnham-On-Sea.com: "While these are
not large increases, I would have preferred them to have been
delayed until after the proposed building developments in the
town have been completed when more vitality is brought to the