business group pulls out of Burnham-On-Sea
night-time crime fighting initiative for Burnham-On-Sea pubs has
pulled out of the town due to a lack of support, according to
Businesses Against Crime says it is "very disappointed"
that pubs in the town have not supported the scheme, which includes
a radio link facility to alert pubs when known trouble-makers
are in the area.
in close co-operation with the police and CCTV operators, the
service shared information in order to prevent and detect crime
and lead in persistent offenders being formally excluded from
Andy Sharman, scheme co-ordinator, told Burnham-On-Sea.com this
week: "We have stepped away from providing our services to
the Burnham district 'night time economy group' following issues
with not receiving payment from a majority of member premises."
was no longer financially viable for us to continue to provide
admin support and have the area as part of our exclusion scheme."
our services have been pulled with immediate effect and the exclusions
for the area lifted."
the past two years, our not-for-profit group, which receives no
funding from external sources, has carried the heavy burden of
delivering an excellent service to these premises in the hope
that those outstanding debts would be cleared but sadly that never
came to be."
appreciate that it has been a tough trading environment for many
businesses but other districts and business sectors have managed
to contribute their subs towards the running of the scheme."
added: "It is equally frustrating as the actions of these
premises has put at risk our attempts to seek funding for a new
improved radio link system for the area, and we will have to review
whether it is financially sustainable to deliver the radio link
and offender management solutions to the district as a whole in
the New Year."
will be consulted, as will our police and local authority partners,
and we will make a decision in due course."
is sad that it has come to this but we simply can not provide
a service to those who are happy to use it but are not willing
to pay for it."