of historic railway buffers to Burnham-On-Sea is delayed
project set-up to celebrate Burnham's railway history by installing
a set of train buffers looks set to be delayed due to ongoing
negotiations around the ownership of the land where it is hoped
they will be installed.
here, the Burnham Buffer Stop Memorial Project hopes to install
a set of old railway buffers in Pier Street, where the town's
former railway line previously ended.
Burnham Buffer Stop Memorial Project's leader, John Strickland,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week that "the complexity of
the land ownership and the form of agreement required to guarantee
the future of the buffers has, for the time being, delayed us."
The plan was to have the buffers installed in time to
be the first feature on a new Heritage Trail which is to
be launched on August 23rd.
Since April 2011 the North Sedgemoor Local History Group,
which is overseeing the project, has been working towards the
installation of the buffers as a 'gift' to the town.
John added: "The pebbled area on this corner is the
nearest suitable point to the location of the original set of
buffers which were in place when Burnham had a busy and well used
rail link to the main line at Highbridge."
"As an entirely separate project the History Group successfully
applied for a Heritage Lottery Grant to produce a history website
and a Heritage Trail for schools, visitors and new residents to
"Unfortunately, a lengthy delay in obtaining cost estimates
for the Buffer installation meant the buffer costings could not
be included our Lottery Grant Application."
He added: "Through grants from the Town Council, Sedgemoor
District Council, Somerset County Councillors and generous gifts
from local businesses and members of the public, the group has
now raised sufficient funds to cover the legal costs of the freeholders
and leasees of the land and the installation costs of the buffers.
It is a sign of approval that both District and Town Councils
and our MP Tessa Munt have all welcomed the initiative."
despite this, at the last moment, it seems that the complexity
of the land ownership and the form of agreement required to guarantee
the future has, for the time being, delayed us."
"This is profoundly disappointing to all involved and the
History Group would wish to apologise to all those who have supported
the project for this unforeseen delay. The group are continuing
to work towards the installation of the buffers at the earliest
The group is in talks with Burnham and Highbridge Town Council
and Sedgemoor District Council to try and negotiate a solution
to complete the purchase of the land for the buffers.