February 4, 2015
Council urged: 'Make Burnham-On-Sea's town centre streets cleaner'

A Burnham-On-Sea resident has this week urged town councillors to do more to keep the town centre's streets tidy.

Sylvia Young told town councillors at their meeting on Monday evening that discarded litter on pavements and in gutters is blighting parts of Burnham.

She said: "Litter is particularly noticeable in the side streets around Burnham town centre. I frequently have to step around debris on pavements to dodge bottles, cans and polystyrene packaging."

"The High Street is deteriorating too - more council money should be spent on town centre cleaning rather than street improvements such as new pavings. Get the basics right first and look at the real priorities."

Town Council Clerk Denise Emery said the council currently pays £6,000 a year for a street cleaner in Burnham town centre.

But Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton was sympathetic, saying: "I have seen the problem myself. I think it's more of an issue after rubbish collections have taken place and the seagulls have spread the rubbish around. We will ask Somerset Waste Partnership to take every effort to clean up after bin bags are collected."

Mayor Cllr Martin Cox thanked Mrs Young for bringing the matter to the council and promised that "we will take action" to address the issue.

Pictured: Top, Burnham High Street and, above, Sylvia Young who wants more to be done to make the town cleaner


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