in U-turn over promoting Burnham at shut M5 tourist centre
popular motorway tourist information centre near Burnham-On-Sea
which has closed down for nine months will be directing visitors
to Burnham's tourist centre after intervention by a local councillor.
first reported last
week that the Somerset Visitor Centre at Sedgemoor Services
on the southbound M5 has shut until next summer due to maternity
the closure has concerned tourism leaders in Burnham because a
poster on the door is directing visitors to alternative tourist
centres in Taunton and Yeovil instead of the nearest information
centre in Burnham just five miles away.
Burnham county councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton is getting the
was concerned that Burnham would be missing out on visitors so
have spoken this week with Cllr David Hall, the Somerset County
Council Cabinet member responsible for economic development, and
it's been agreed that Burnham will be mentioned on the sign during
the closure," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
understand the problem was caused because Burnham's tourist information
centre does not have the same level of national accreditation
as Yeovil or Taunton, but this has now been addressed."
decision has been welcomed this week by Somerset Tourism Association
and BIARS (Burnham Information and Rescue Support), the group
that runs Burnham's seafront Tourist Information Centre, both
of whom had expressed concern about the signage.