April 9, 2015
Council rethinks £200,000 golden pavement plan for Burnham seafront

Controversial plans to introduce a golden-coloured tarmac along part of Burnham-On-Sea's seafront in a £200,000 upgrade are to be reconsidered following public outcry over the proposals.

At their latest meeting, town councillors have decided to reconsider the scheme, which was first reported here.

Sedgemoor District Council wants to remove the crumbling tarmac along the South Esplanade pavement between the jetty and Coastguard station at the end of the tourist season.

Last month, town councillors considered three options for the colour of the new surface - 'golden glow', 'terracotta' and 'grey' - and they voted in favour of gold in a bid to brighten up the seafront.

However, following an outcry from local people about the similiar coloured golden tarmac in the High Street 'events area', town councillors at the Town Projects Committee meeting have called in the decision.

"People are concerned enough about the colour in the High Street enough for us to reconsider the seafront," said town Mayor Cllr Martin Cox.

"I wonder whether councillors agree whether we should put it back to full council to reconsider the colour on the seafront."

Cllr Louise Parkin told the meeting: "I am happy with that - I was totally against it in the first place. I think it should be black tarmac for several reasons - it will cost less, but if you go on the seafront you will see the sand has bleached the tarmac as it is, so if we went for the alternative colour of terracota that will eventually become a pale pink.

Committee Chairman Cllr Michael Clarke confirmed the colour will therefore be re-considered by the full Town Council at their meeting in May.

It was reported last summer that cracks along the seafront were being patched up, as pictured here, before the longer-term resurfacing is implemented.

"The current surfacing is cracked and showing signs of wear and Sedgemoor intends to go out to tender to replace the surface at the end of this summer season," explained Sedgemoor's Jo Hutchins in a letter to councillors.

Pictured: Top, a council artist's impression of the 'golden glow' pavements and, above, councillors saying they will rethink the proposals this week


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