invited to have their say on Burnham BMX park's future
in Burnham and Highbridge are being invited to have their say
on controversial plans for the future of Burnham-On-Sea's BMX
proposals, from Sedgemoor District Counncil, involve granting
Bourne Leisure a 50-year ground lease for the existing BMX site
at Apex Park.
District Council spokeswoman Sam Taylor told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The land that the BMX Track is situated on within
Apex Park is leased from Sedgemoor District Council. The BMX track
and land are not available for public use but are used by the
club for training and events."
BMX Club would like to expand and are considering relocating to
a different site locally, thus terminating their current lease.
This proposal would exclude housing developments as the land will
not be sold but leased on a long-term basis."
"The district council - in exchange for offering a 50 year
lease to another party for the BMX site - could secure some funding
to enhance the facilities in the park, for example creating an
all-weather year-round café facility, improving the toilet
facilities and/or extending the park building to allow for increased
educational and event use."
"The Friends of Apex Park have been consulted on this proposal
and the initial suggestions for improvement projects, should funding
be available, were proposed following consultation with the group."
"The Council is carrying out a consultation to seek the
publics views on this proposal."
Surveys will be available in the park on Wednesday 5th August
from 10am-3pm on the footpath between Marine Drive and Parsons
Road (number 8 on the Playday map); on Tuesday 11th August from
5-7pm in the Apex office building in Apex car park; and on Wednesday
19th August from 5-7pm in the Apex office building in Apex car
Those unable to attend to complete a survey can complete an online
version, available online from later this week, until Thursday
27th August, here.
Once surveys have been returned and the results collated they
will form part of a public report to be taken to Sedgemoor District
Councils Executive Committee where a decision will be taken
on the next steps.