begin on £100k 'part-pedestrianisation' of Burnham High
to part-pedestrianise an area of Burnham-On-Sea's High Street
have moved a step closer this week after the Town Council agreed
to begin discussions with Highways bosses on scheduling the work.
council is to hold talks with with Somerset County Council over
the £100,000 scheme for a central section of the High Street.
scheme - funded by Tesco's development cash - will see coloured
paving stones introduced along the pavement between Adam Street
and Cross Street at a cost of £20,000, a new £40,000
coloured road surface along the High Street plus new finger post
signs costing £10,000, and £30,000 of new street furniture.
further £100,000 has been earmarked for new street lighting
in the High Street and Victoria Street.
a meeting on Wednesday, town councillors said they want the County
Council's highways department to schedule the work for early 2014.
part-pedestrianisation of the High Street was approved by the
Town Council back in January and we now need some movement,"
Cllr Neville Jones told the meeting.
works must avoid the busy summer tourist season, the carnival,
Christmas and Easter so that leaves just a small window in January
and February to go ahead."
"We shouldn't need to wait for a new Town Centre Manager
to be appointed - we need the discussions with the County Council
now to get the work scheduled as soon as possible or it won't
be in place until early 2015 instead."
Clerk Denise Emery cautioned councillors on the importance of
getting all the work in the scheme completed at the same time.
don't want the road and pavement work to be all complete and then
to find that the County Council has to dig it all up again to
install new street lighting or hanging basket columns," she
told this week's meeting.
Michael Clarke agreed, but said that getting the work scheduled
by Highways bosses is important if the work is to proceed before
proposals are part of £440,000 of improvements approved
by the Town Council earlier
this year. The money comprises of cash from Tesco to offset
its recent store expansion, the Town Council and compensation
from the former South West Regional Development Agency.
month, Burnham Chamber of Trade members welcomed the news that
'disruptive' roadworks in the High Street will not go ahead over
the busy summer tourist season, as reported here.