rail heritage project gets back on track after legal delays
to re-introduce a set of railway buffers in Burnham-On-Sea to
celebrate the town's rail heritage are back on track after months
of legal talks.
Burnham Buffer Stop Memorial Project hopes to install a set of
old railway buffers in Pier Street, where the town's former railway
line previously ended.
Strickland, Chairman of the North Sedgemoor Local History Group
and a member of the Railway Buffer Memorial Project Team, said
this week that they are hopeful that the buffers will be in place
for this summer.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We recognised when the buffers
were lifted from the former Royal Ordnance Factory site at Puriton
in October 2011 that the legal process would be very involved,
but never anticipated it would take this length of time."
sufficient grant funds were obtained via the Town Council and
Sedgemoor District Council, plus considerable public and business
donations, a formal legal application was made in September last
may remember that it was known from the outset that the legal
process involved obtaining consents from Sedgemoor District Council,
Morrisons supermarket and a Freeholder."
we were informed that a licence would suffice for this minor change
to an under lease, but this was proven to be wrong with further
delays incurred. In fact changes are needed to a Primary Lease,
a Sub Lease and a Sub-under Lease."
add a further complication, Sedgemoor originally agreed to service
this application within their own legal department but eventually
contracted the work to an external solicitor, making four parties
now involved and at additional costs to the project. We have been
in regular contact with all of the parties since this time to
try and chase things along."
added: "The good news is that only last week I was requested
to send monies to two of the parties involved and the process
now appears to be nearing completion. We are keen to have the
Buffers installed as the start of Burnhams Heritage Trail
in time for this seasons main influx of holidaymakers. We
will continue to push for authorisation to meet this time frame."
and Highbridge's Mayor Martin Cox has this week praised the group
for their hard work in seeing the project through. "Top marks
to them for their perseverence - we look forard to seeing buffers
How the original buffers in Burnham's Pier Street looked and where
they will be sited later this summer