secured for new Coast Road footpath is thrown into jeopardy
group of campaigners fighting for a new footpath along Berrow's
Coast Road have been handed an £80,000 windfall to take
the project forward - but the cash is in jeopardy of being lost
unless they can get the support of the landowner.
and Berrow Golf Club owns the land running alongside Coast Road
where the long-awaited footpath would be built.
campaigners say the golf club said it was initially happy with
the plans for a path, it appears to have had a change of heart.
Johnson, who is leading the campaign for a path, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The club has written to us to say the path cannot be built
on its land."
is incredibly frustrating for us. We've worked very hard for many
years to secure this funding for the new path to increase safety
thrilled to have been awarded £80,000 from the 'Paths For
Communities Fund' run by the EU and UK Government in conjunction
with Natural England."
however, we have been told by Burnham and Berrow Golf Club that
it has removed its consent for us to use its land which has thrown
the whole project into doubt because the money has to be spent
by the end of February or it will be lost altogether."
golf club has sent us a letter over the last few days stating
that they are not happy because the path would interfere with
play on the course."
feel it wouldn't. All we are asking for is a strip of 4.5m wide
land running along Coast Road from the edge of the ditch. We've
offered to plant some trees and bushes to thicken up the undergrowth
where the path would run close to tees."
golf club also tells us that the path would have liability issues
even though they already have walkers wandering over fairways
which is clearly far more dangerous!"
club also says that our proposed path would not be 'substantial
enough' even though the County Council has said it's happy with
our design and no issues have been raised during the consultation
on our planning application."
is really embarrassing and annoying that that this happening and
will prevent this long-awaited path being built. This is a wonderful
opportunity to finally increase safety along this stretch of Coast
Road for villagers and holidaymakers, but it looks as though it
is all the money will be squandered."
has upset me so much that I cried when I opened the club's letter.
The community has been badly let down after so much years of effort
by villagers to secure this hard-to-come-by funding. An opportunity
like this may not return again."
has written to the golf club inviting them to reconsider their
Road is used by many pedestrians over the summer months. There
is currently no footpath for a long stretch of it, which forces
people to walk in the road.
accidents have occurred along Coast Road in recent years, including
a two-car crash in 2012, reported
here, a cyclist being hurt in 2008 here,
and a 2010 accident here
where a bus stop was demolished by a car.
Campaign marches through Berrow calling for the footpath