carnival changes set to be debated at public meeting
public meeting is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea tonight (Wednesday)
for residents to have their say about controversial changes to
this year's carnival.
letter from the organisers at Highbridge and Burnham Carnival
Committee has been distributed to dozens of residents around Love
Lane and the Frank Foley Parkway, where the carts will be lined
up this year instead of Queens Drive following safety concerns
raised by the police.
carts will begin to arrive on Saturday November 1st into the early
hours of Sunday November 2nd, prompting concerns from residents
about late night noise and access issues.
New, Chairman of the committee, pictured below, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We have been told that we can no longer close two major
roads at once - Queens Drive and the Frank Foley Parkway - because
of safety concerns about emergency access. We have therefore looked
at a number of different options to keep disruption to a minimum,
but our hands are being tied."
have been given strict guidelines for the safety of the public
and are attempting to organise the event whilst causing minimal
inconvenience where possible to residents."
added: "Unfortunately, 45 carnival carts need a lot of space
to park and they will be arriving in Burnham-On-Sea after the
Bridgwater Carnival on Saturday 1st November from approximately
an effort to keep Queens Drive open during the carnival weekend,
and to assist with the majority of traffic in Burnham, we plan
to use two areas for carnival carts to park. These will be Love
Lane from Tesco roundabout to where Stoddens Lane narrows; and
Frank Foley Parkway from Tesco roundabout to the Wallace Wells
allow carnival cart access and to ensure the carts face the right
way along Love Lane we plan to bring them in using Hawley Way
and Ramsey way which will likely cause local residents inconvenience
on the Saturday night."
ensure access is sufficient we will also need to request that
no cars are parked on the road along Hawley Way to the Ramsey
Way junction and along Ramsey Way for the evening of Saturday
1st November from 8pm until Sunday 2nd November at approximately
access is not possible for carnival carts during this time then
our carnival cannot go ahead this year."
added: "Should residents need access in or out of the housing
estate during these times there may be delays but we will help
them as quickly as possible. After the carts have been lined-up
and parked, we will of course ensure access is available for local
are also exploring two options to ensure access is available;
a traffic light system, or a one-way system.
added: "We wish to apologise for any inconvenience this will
cause and we will try to minimise the disruption to residents.
All the carnival clubs will be asked to keep noise to a minimum
given how near they will be to local homes."
open meeting on the proposed changes is to be held at the Ritz
Social Club in Burnham-On-Sea's Victoria Street at 7.30pm on Wednesday
(17th September) when residents will be able to discuss concerns
with the organisers.
access along Burnham's Queens Drive has occasionally been hampered
while carnival carts were parked there, prompting the changes
crowds often viewed the carts in Queens Drive - but this won't
happen this year as the carts will gather in Love Lane and the
Frank Foley Parkway