£15,000 cash boost for Burnham's tourism centre from Hinkley
tourist information centre has this week received a £15,000
funding boost following the approval of Hinkley Point power station's
group BiARS (Burnham Information and Rescue Support), which runs
the seafront facilities, is to receive the cash as part of a legal
agreement signed when permission was granted for EDF Energy to
start preparing the site for the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear
funding has been given to BiARS to expand its information services
for visitors to the area during the preliminary works.
District Council has signed a service level agreement with BiARS
outlining what it expects from the Information Centre in return
for the £15,000 grant and what support it will provide the
Banham, tourism officer at Sedgemoor, said: "BiARS will have
a key role in providing visitors with the information they need
to enjoy their stays here during the preparation of the site for
the new power station."
Jefferies, Tourism Manager of BiARS, above, this week welcomed
the news. He
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are working with Sedgemoor and
EDF Energy closely to meet the challenges and make the most of
the many opportunities that will arise from building the new plant."
"A lot of workers will be coming to our area and this money
means we will be able to assist them and their families in making
the visit a smooth one and give a place within Burnham-On-Sea
to co-ordinate the interest in our area."
also offers the chance of training for our fantastic group of
volunteers as well as securing BiARS existence. The agreement
continues the working relationship with Sedgemoor since we took
over running the Information Centre a few years ago."
Ashton, Chairman of BiARS, added: "Since we took over we
have stayed afloat without any financial input from our local
authorities. The last financial year was very difficult with numbers
down in most tourism-related businesses in Somerset, so this money
is a lifeline for us."
wish to express my sincere thanks to Sedgemoor and EDF Energy
for the assistance they have given us and look forward to a good
working relationship during this spell of opportunity."