roadside signs 'discourage visitors from coming into Burnham'
benefits of introducing roadside events traffic management signs
in Burnham-On-Sea have been debated this week amid claims that
they are putting off some visitors from coming into the town.
temporary blue and white signs are positioned around Burnham next
to main roads to give motorists advance warning of road closures
in the town centre in the run-up to large events.
Town Centre Manager Beverley Milner Simonds proposed at a Town
Council meeting on Monday night (October 12th) that a further
six of the blue and white signs are introduced.
councillors questioned whether they are having a positive effect.
Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton said: "I'm not happy about these
signs - they put off motorists coming into the town. On one Saturday
when they were out this year, there were no coaches in the coach
car park because the drivers thought there would be big parking
issues in the town."
Martin Cox added: "The road closures wording suggests that
there will be huge queues all round the town centre during these
events, putting people off coming."
Nick Tolley agreed: "The colour and style of the signs makes
it look there's been an emergency or disaster rather than providing
advice about happy, colourful positive events in the town."
Town Centre Manager said she'd received positive feedback from
traders about the signs and that they would like to see more of
them used in the town to help with traffic management.
will be held with the county highways team about the colour and
wording of the signs for further consideration later in the year.
signs - which are being operated on a trial basis - are put out
approximately 14 days before key events such as Burnham FolkFest,
the Christmas lights switch-on, Highbridge and Burnham Carnival
and the two Food & Drink Festivals.
Town Centre Manager proposed that the existing traffic management
wording was altered to remove the 'next event' words which had
caused some confusion and introduce six new signs that would say
'businesses open as usual'.