over 'disruptive' plans to build events area in Burnham High Street
to build a brand new public events area in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea
High Street risk causing disruption and hurting the trade of nearby
shops, it has been claimed this week.
new community events area - which will comprise of a coloured
paved area for entertainment performances plus an elecricity box
- is set to be installed at a cost of over £40,000 and be
in place by next April.
is being funded from £440,000 of funding from Tesco to offset
its store expansion plus cash from the Town Council and Regional
Centre Manager Beverley Milner Simonds told this week's council
meeting: "The new events area will attract extra footfall
in Burnham, give a central location for community events, and
increase the dwelltime that people spend in the town. We will
be looking to increase the number and quality of events held in
the town centre."
Cllr Neville Jones said: "It's important that these extra
events must not effect the traffic flowing through the town centre.
Every time you the High Street is closed, you hit trade in the
High Street. Business rates here in Burnham are very high - far
higher than elsewhere - and disrupting the High Street costs businesses
even more money. The events should only go ahead after 5pm to
minimise the disruption."
Louise Parkin proposed that the restrictions are put in place
for the events area. "We should request that no events are
held in busy periods for our shops, such as Bank Holidays or the
start of the school holidays. We have to be fair to businesses
- don't put their livelihoods at risk."
Bill Hancock agreed, telling the meeting: "If I was a trader
in Burnham I'd be very unhappy about extra daytime events. There
are already markets in the High Street on 12 days a year and,
given the high business rates, it's disgusting that the events
take away customers."
Cllr Tom Nicholls added: "We agreed two years ago to spend
the money on building a new events area in the High Street - it's
a big part of the town centre improvements - so it would be perverse
if we now tried to limit the number of events held there."
Clerk Denise Emery added: "We want a vibrant town with a
good footfall and events to attract people here - that's our direction
as a council."