trading pitch for street seller welcomed in Burnham town centre
fruit and veg seller could soon return to Burnham-On-Sea High
Street for the first time in four years under proposals to create
a new street trading pitch in the town centre.
Town Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds, right, is behind
large pavement 'apron' in the High Street outside Thomson travel
agents and opposite the junction with South Street has been earmarked
for the pitch.
with nearby traders, local authorities and Burnham's Chamber of
Trade has taken place in recent weeks, with mostly favourable
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The town centre shopping scene
continues to change and whilst we have a low vacancy rate and
units turn over very quickly, we have not seen a replacement for
the Sanders fruit and vegetable shop."
High Street's Sanders
greengrocer closed down in 2011 to make way for Costa Coffee,
leaving no such independent trader.
now the raised section of the street outside Thomsons, pictured,
could see a greengrocer returning this year.
Town Council is set to work with Sedgemoor's Licensing Team and
Somerset Highways to designate the area as an occasional trading
pitch specifically excluding Tuesdays to allow for refuse
collection trucks to have enough space to turn there coming out
of South Street.
added: "I have had discussions with the Licensing team and
they have advised that this item could be agreed by asking the
authority to consider establishing a permanent pitch for street
trading consents in Burnham."
it was agreed, applications could then be accepted - and this
would be dealt with by Licensing and the applicant would be expected
to demonstrate any support at a hearing."
not a foregone conclusion but maybe this way we can also stop
some illegal parking in this area of the High Street, which annoys
pedestrians and shop owners, while adding to the mix of traders
on the High Street."