17, 2015 New
details emerge on Apex Park BMX plans during council debate
170 residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have aired their
views on controversial plans for the future of Burnham-On-Sea's
BMX bike park, it emerged this week as new details about the proposals
councillors received an update from Sedgemoor District Council's
Tim Mander this week, regarding the proposal to grant Bourne Leisure
a 50-year ground lease for the existing BMX site at Apex Park.
Mander said: "The idea came to us from Burnham BMX Club with
the concept of re-locating the BMX club on the basis that this
would be funded by Bourne Leisure on the understanding that they
would be granted a 50-year lease to be able to develop the existing
site. This meets the requirements of the RLT1 policy of the core
strategy for the local plan."
Cox asked about the Apex Park car park which he said "is
fully stretched and must be fully considered in any future plans."
Mr Mander said it would be a consideration.
Louise Parkin asked whether the council has an idea of the cost
for any future reclamation of the site "to bring it back
to nature," adding "I have heard a figure of £250,000
Mander said he had not heard that figure, and revealed: "I
would say there isn't a reinstatement clause within these terms
so if the BMX club move off and buy their own site then clearly
the funds will have to be found to reinstate it.. but it certainly
would not be a costly excercise."
Phil Harvey said "it is beyond belief that a council would
allow a contract to go out without a reinstatement clause - I'm
Parkes referred to a note on the consultation he'd seen from a
'senior ex-councillor' regarding the plans. "He answered
it online and blasted it for leaving so many leading questions
that it can only lead you to support Sedgemoor's position. I'm
afraid at this point I have lost much faith in the process."
Parkes added: "An awful lot of poeple in Highbridge and Burnham
are absolutely fuming with the process - particularly when we
speak about the Apex Park, the jewel in our crown."
Mander said officers in the council's community development team
had worked up the survey to be as open as possible.
proposals will next be considered on 18th November by Sedgemoor
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