concern over timescales for £440k Burnham town centre work
concerns over the time the Town Council is
taking to deliver £440,000 of improvements in Burnham-On-Sea
have been expressed this week.
timeframes were considered at a meeting of the council's Town
Projects Committee meeting on Monday.
raft of improvements to boost the town centre - listed below -
is being planned using cash from Tesco to offset the impact of its
store expansion, plus the Town Council and former South West Regional
Cllr Michael Clarke told the meeting that the recruitment
of the Town Centre Manager would start this summer, with interviews
in August and the appointment taking place by "October at
the latest". He explained: "This gives us enough time
to find a suitable way forward with all the workstreams."
amid concern regarding the overall project's
timescales from some residents, the committee considered a proposal from Burnham's
Chamber of Trade for it to take over the recruitment of the Town Centre
Manager and speed up the process.
Turco, on behalf of the Chamber, explained: "The purpose
of our letter was to help move the work along. Appointing the
Town Centre Manager in October is far too late if the physical
work on delivering the town centre improvements is to begin in
THE £440k WILL BE SPENT:
Lighting improvements in Burnham High Street and Victoria
Hanging basket posts
Additional cycle racks in High Street
Highways improvements: Coloured paviers between Adam
Street and Cross Street £20k; Coloured road surface
£20k & maintenance £20k; Finger post
signs £10k, street furniture, including £1k
for a central electricity point for events, plus £30k
Roller shutter project £5k shop front grants £25k
New public notice boards (High Street & Victoria
Town Centre Manager and Project Manager
Contingency to cover additional costs as figures are
Clarke said "out-sourcing the recruitment would break the
Town Council's current agreement with Sedgemoor District Council," however he agreed to review the
possibility of bringing forward the recruitment dates if possible.
Kate Lawson told the meeting she is keen to see more co-operation
between the council and the trade group.
said: "I think closer working with the Chamber is the way
we should be going, especially as the improvements are aimed at
bringing more trade into the town and making it a more vibrant
place. We should be welcoming their involvement."
concerns were also raised about the overall timing of the improvements.
Cllr Neville Jones told the meeting: "Work in the town centre
really must start in the second week of January 2015 and be implemented
well before May when residents will be voting on what's been delivered."
resident Mike Murphy added: "It's high time that the work
is taken forward - we need to see some action here."
how much of the overall project funding has been spent so far
on the Project Manager, who is currently leading the design activities,
Town Clerk Denise Emery said "not more than one third of
the £67,000 budget." She
added: "He's putting in a lot of hours on this and we're
pleased with the progress. Having the local knowledge from him is key here."