on whether to move Burnham's farmers markets is delayed
councillors have delayed a controversial decision on whether to
move Burnham-On-Sea's farmers markets out of the town's High Street.
last night (Monday) debated whether the "disruptive"
monthly markets should be moved into nearby Adam Street.
after hearing from the market organisers and businesses, they
decided to postpone their decision until February 2015 to allow
more time for discussions and to attend an upcoming market.
first reported here,
Cllr Neville Jones (right) has proposed the monthly farmers
markets are moved into Adam Street to "reduce disruption
Neville Jones said: "I'm all for keeping the farmers markets,
but traders here in Burnham already pay the highest business rates
in Sedgemoor and they don't need the markets hurting their trade.
We also lose six car parking spaces in the town centre during
the markets on 12 very valuable Fridays."
the High Street on 12 days a year - on the last Friday of each
month for five hours - causes a lot of disruption. I want to keep
farmers markets in Burnham, but they should not be hurting trade,"
Michael Clarke said the High Street had originally been chosen
after a lengthy debate because of its sheltered position, ease
of access for disabled users and overall safety.
proposals were debated at Monday's Town Council Policy and Finance
Information Centre Manager Ian Jefferies said in a letter that
he supports the market, which an "integral part of the business
Gaynor Brown, who runs a regular community stall at the markets,
added that the event is important for the town. "There have
been no problems with traffic management and nobody has complained
about the markets," she said.
The markets' organisers said they have "tried to embed ourselves
in the local community and we want to pursue the markets further.
We are willing to consider any proposal that gives the same visibility
discussed other possible locations with less disturbance for the
market, including Lynton Road Car Park and Victoria Street, but
neither was deemed to be suitable.
Janice Webber, manager of the markets, said: "We like the
snugness of the High Street. There is a real community atmosphere
there. Many shoppers and traders are pleased to see us for six
hours a month on the last Friday of the month."
agreed that the matter would be discussed again at the February
2015 meeting to allow members to walk around the market area and
look in detail at the plans on a market day and also discuss the
proposals with the county council's highways team.
Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
farmers market is a vital part of the retail mix of Burnham town
centre. At present, we don't have a fresh independent fruit and
veg shop and only one butcher so the market does help to bring
choice and variety into the town centre for one day a month. It
also brings a different feel and energy to the High Street."