on future of Burnham BMX park deferred until June
decision on the future of Burnham-On-Sea's BMX bike park has been
deferred to allow more public consultation.
council discussed the proposals during a meeting of the Executive
on Wednesday (April 1st) during a 'confidential' session behind
public have been reassured that there are no proposals to build
housing on the site, at Apex Park, but to refurbish and extend
the existing ranger building with upgraded public toilets, an
extended meeting room and a new café facility.
proposals also involving granting Bourne Leisure a 50-year ground
lease on the existing site, subject to terms being agreed.
District Council spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com
after Wednesday's meeting: "Sedgemoor District Council, as
the land-owners of Apex Park, has been approached by Bourne Leisure,
the owners of the Burnham Holiday Village and the trustees of
the Burnham BMX Club about the possibility of the Council entering
into a three-way agreement which would see the BMX Club re-located
onto a site more conducive to holding regional and national events."
have been along the lines of in exchange for granting Bourne Leisure
a 50-year lease of the existing BMX Site, Bourne would fund the
re-location of the club whilst also funding the refurbishment
and extension to the existing Apex Ranger Building which would
include ungraded public conveniences, extended meeting room and
all year round café facility."
proposals have been discussed on a number of occasions at public
meetings of the Friends of Apex Park and have been in the public
domain for some while. They do not and never have been, about
building housing on Apex Park."
both Bourne Leisure and the Trustees of the Burnham BMX Club wanted
the Councils approval to the principle of taking this proposal
forward subject to obtaining planning and any other consents that
may be required. In essence, running the idea passed
the elected members."
at the Executive meeting today, where the item was due to be discussed
in exempt business because of personal information and commercial
confidentiality contained within the report, the members agreed
to defer the item so that the proposals could be considered by
the wider community."
was carried out for several reasons - firstly, to make members
of the public aware of the proposal to relocate the Burnham BMX
Club; secondly to refurbish and extend the APEX park ranger building
(to include upgraded public conveniences, extended meeting room
and café facility) and; thirdly, to grant Bourne Leisure
a 50-year ground lease on the existing BMX site at APEX park subject
to terms being agreed."
proposals also would enable the proposed disposal of the BMX site
by way of lease to be advertised. The Council has a statutory
duty to advertise the disposal of public open space pursuant to
Section 123(2A) of the Local Government Act 1972. The public will
have the ability to make representations in response to that advert.
The Executive will have regard to those representations before
making a final decision in relation to this site."
deferrral will enable a further report to be presented to the
Executive on 3rd June 2015. The report will be considered publicly
in whole or in part, so that the public have the opportunity to
comment upon and speak to the proposals if they so wish."
public have been reassured that there is no proposal to build
housing on this site.
deferral will also enable further negotiations with Bourne Leisure
and the Trustees of the Burnham BMX Club and further consultation
with the Friends of Apex Park.
if a planning application is forthcoming, there will be further
public consultation as part of the planning process and as in
all cases like this SDC actively encourage the applicants to undertake
public consultation events," added Mrs Faun.