approves Burnham-On-Sea pier overhaul after heated debate
councillors have this week approved plans for a controversial
new £100,000 forecourt at the front of Burnham-On-Sea's
Pier following a heated debate.
on the Planning Applications Committee discussed the controversial
proposals on Wednesday night (January 29th) for over 30 minutes
before voting to give the plans the 'thumbs up', with four in
favour and one against. The plans for a 35ft retractable roof
to cover the food forecourt were first reported here.
Helen Groves told the meeting: "I'm concerned at the visual
impact of the proposed roof which I feel is not sympathetic with
the existing building. This is a conservation area and I want
to see something that blends in more with the surrounding area."
pier is historically important and we need to make sure that we
are making the best decision for the town. The roof is a 'hotchpotch'
of a design that just seems to be tagged onto the front."
Cllr Bill Hancock said: "I think it looks great and congratulate
the pier's owners in investing this kind of money. It's fantastic
that the pier is moving with the times."
Peter Burridge-Clayton added: "I don't have a problem with
the plans but do wonder whether it's a bit too modern. It could
possibly blend in more with existing buildings."
Paul Young told Wednesday's meeting he is favour of the scheme.
"From a distance you will hardly notice that anything has
changed - I think the roof will blend in well."
letters from concerned Burnham residents were also read out at
the meeting by the Deputy Town Clerk, raising issues such as the
extra noise, road safety and the visual impact.
councillors voted in favour of approving the scheme, concluding
that it is "a great improvement over what is already there,
will increase employment and is positive for tourism."
Louise and Harry Parkin, the owners of the Pavilion, pictured
right, both spoke during the meeting.
said: "The costs of maintaining the pier are enormous and
we have to do what we can to make it viable."
explained that the building's insurance premiums have risen 240%
since the Weston Pier fire while amusement arcade takings are
down 75% since 2007.
our overheads and continual maintenance, we have to adapt and
compensate before the structure is compromised."
she said, is why the weather-proof forecourt is needed. "At
present, we can seat up to 80 people in good weather but only
30 in bad weather. Despite what the artists impression indicates,
we will only seat a few more customers than before, but in all
weathers. This additional space will also accommodate new children's
and Harry said after Wednesday's vote that they are "delighted"
with the result of the vote. "We have taken onboard the comments
made tonight and are pleased that the scheme has cleared the first
hurdle," Louise told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
plans will go to Sedgemoor District Council for a final decision