fill heated public meeting on controversial carnival changes
clubs which create excessive late night noise in residential areas
of Burnham-On-Sea face could have points docked by organisers
during the run-up to this year's event as part of proposals to
appease nearby residents.
than 40 residents attended a public meeting in Burnham's Ritz
Club last night (Wednesday) to air their concerns about controversial
changes to this year's carnival.
comes after Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported here
that Highbridge and Burnham Carnival Committee want to line up
the carts between Love Lane from the Tesco roundabout to where
Stoddens Lane narrows; and Frank Foley Parkway from Tesco roundabout
to the Wallace Wells Road roundabout.
carts will not line up along Queens Drive this year following
safety concerns raised by the police, but they will be closer
to residential areas as a result.
the carts will arrive between 8pm on Saturday November 1st and
2am on the Sunday, residents are concerned about late night noise,
access issues and disruption over the carnival weekend.
number of other concerns were also raised to organisers, pictured
right, during Wednesday's meeting, including vehicle access
to side roads, parking restrictions, bus route changes, insurance
concerns, marshalling of side roads and safety concerns of spectators
visiting the carts on the Sunday and Monday.
organisers vowed that safety would be their top priority. Carnival
Chairman Phil New said: "I'm carnival through and through
but I won't allow it to go ahead in Burnham this year if we have
Chief Marshall Paul Archer also addressed a number of the concerns
and said a further Carnival Committee meeting is to be held next
week after a Safety Advisory Meeting before a formal application
for the new road closures is made.
added that the committee "is exploring whether carnival clubs
can be docked points if residents complain about excessive noise"
in residential areas. The proposal is to be examined further in
coming weeks with the county carnival organisation.
New outlined the locations affected in more detail: "In 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 and the Frank Foley Parkway."
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
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 one-way system is the favoured option since traffic lights may
cause traffic delays, the meeting was told.