Post Office's plans prompt heated conservation debate
to introduce a new cash machine with illuminated signs outside
Burnham-On-Sea's Post Office have this week prompted a heated
debate about whether such developments should be allowed in the
town centre's conservation area.
councillors approved the proposals for a new ATM machine between
the two post boxes outside the building in Vicarage Street despite
post office is located inside Burnham's Conservation Area, which
was set up several years ago to protect the town centre's character
and avoid certain types of development going ahead - but some
residents believe the policy is not being followed.
Bill Hancock said: "The Post Office's application is for
a building within Burnham's Conservation Area, but there's already
a cinema and club just across the streets with many lights on
the outside, so I see nothing wrong here."
Peter Burridge-Clayton added: "The plans are in keeping with
other commercial applications in this part of the town. The cash
machine and signs will help the future sustainability of the post
resident Beverley Milner-Simonds, who objected against the proposals,
said the illuminated signs are not in line with the district council's
building is in Burnham's Conservation Area and the use of an illuminated
sign is not in keeping with the aims and objectives of the Conservation
Area," she said.
"The points raised by Cllr Burridge Clayton that there are
other buildings with illuminated signs is not a reason to grant
another. Previous applications, even if they were granted in error,
do not allow there to be further transgressions."
Post Office's application is subject to a final decision by Sedgemoor
District Council. The Conservation Area topic is likely to be
further debated with the council in coming weeks.