of Burnham's seafront fireworks set to rise to over £10,000
cost of holding Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display
will be more than £10,000 this year, the Town Council has
display is scheduled to take place on Sunday 8th November - the
night before the Highbridge and Burnham Carnival - with a sparkling
line-up of fireworks.
because a high tide will occur at the same time, a rig of specialised
scaffolding will be needed on the jetty to launch the fireworks.
this month's meeting of the Town Council's Town Projects Committee,
councillors were told the cost of the scaffolding would be £2,275.
Nick Tolley voiced his concerns about the charge, telling the
meeting: "It's important that we approach several suppliers
here to try and reduce the costs. It seems very high."
Clerk Denise Emery
assured councillors: "This is a bit
different to normal scaffolding - it needs to be quickly and safely
assembled on the day of the display on the jetty and to be exactly
what the fireworks people need to launch their fireworks."
Paul Young added: "The fireworks are part of an important
weekend for Burnham that brings in thousands of people."
John Parkes questioned whether the costs could be reduced by having
a more stringent procurement policy in place at the council, but
the Clerk said this
council is to further investigate the costs and then consult with
the Policy and Finance Committee to discuss whether the extra
funding can come from council reserves, alongside an appeal to
crowds line The Esplanade to watch the display, which is held
on the night before Burnham-On-Sea