M5 tourist centre directs visitors to Yeovil instead of Burnham
popular motorway tourist information centre near Burnham-On-Sea
has closed down for nine months and is directing visitors to Taunton
and Yeovil instead - even though Burnham's tourist centre is just five miles away.
Somerset Visitor Centre at Sedgemoor Services on the southbound
M5 motorway has shut down until next summer due to maternity leave,
Somerset County Council said this week.
the decision to place a poster on the door advising visitors to
contact tourist centres in Taunton and Yeovil instead of the nearest
information centre has disappointed tourism leaders in Burnham.
Ashton, a director with Somerset Tourism Association, said: "It's ridiculous that the County Council is
ignoring Burnham when it is just five miles away with a tourist
centre open during the whole winter."
decision has also disappointed BIARS (Burnham Information and
Rescue Support), the group that runs Burnham's seafront Tourist
Jefferies, BIARS Tourism Manager, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We
are surprised that the Sedgemoor Services tourist centre has closed
for the winter and is not promoting us as the nearest alternative."
coaches and travellers will be stopping there during the run-up
to Christmas in the coming months and many visitors could be directed
our way. It's a missed opportunity to help us by the county council."
County Council spokesman Peter Elliott told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The centre usually has limited winter opening, but due to
maternity leave is now closed until summer 2014."
it is closed, visitors are directed to telephone or email the
Taunton or Yeovil TICs, or are encouraged to log on to the Visit