call for 'urgent action' to address High Street safety issues
councillors have this week called for 'urgent action' to improve
Burnham-On-Sea's town centre following changes to the High Street
that have led to walkers tripping up.
coloured paving stones and a yellow road surface have been introduced
in the High Street as part of a raft of changes that include new
lights, signs and noticeboards aimed at attracting extra visitors,
as we first reported
several walkers have been hurt and councillors are unhappy about
the quality of the work.
Bill Hancock told Wednesday's meeting of the Town Projects Committee:
"The whole lot should be ripped up and terracotta put down
in its place instead - it can't be left like it is. We can't pussy
foot around - this is our High Street and we are now in the tourist
season so this needs to be sorted out urgently. We can't wait
for weeks on end for this to be sorted out."
Cllr Neville Jones told the meeting: "The finish absolutely
appalling - it simply isn't professional."
Louise Parkin added that the work has been "a joke - ridiculous"
given that that project is still ongoing after a 18-month wait
for the work to start. She urged the council to withhold payment
for the work.
Cllr Denise Emery assured her that the council has not yet 'signed
off' on the work and that payment has not been made.
Martin Cox said he is unhappy about the colour of the High Street
events area, which he described as "more French mustard than
English with black specks," but he added he is "concerned"
about the accidents.
Kate Lawson added: "I am concerned about the different heights
of the kerb. I know someone who has fallen over and there are
Parkin added: "The buff colour is not different enough to
the kerb stones and the elderly are finding it difficult - there's
no distinguishable difference. That is causing a problem with
trips and falls."
council is to discuss the issues with the contractor to try and
get the problems rectified.
resident and business owner Alex Turco presented the council with
a 'snagging list' outlining a number of issues with lights, signs
and the events area.
Manager Paul Martin also confirmed that the work would not now
be completed for Easter, as had been hoped, and he said discussions
are ongoing with the contractor to get the final changes made.
business owner Ann Popham also said she is concerned about non-working
lights in Regent Street and unsafe drain covers, which Cllr Michael
Clarke said are both on the council's own 'snagging list'.
town centre changes are all being funded from a combined work
package amounting to £440,000 funded by Tesco to offset
the expansion of its Burnham store, plus grants from the Town
Council and Sedgemoor District Council.