clash over plans to close High Street for more events
councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have clashed this week over proposals
to temporarily close the town's High Street for community events.
comes after Burnham's Town Centre Manager this week proposed that
the High Street is closed for a parade and street party to mark
Armed Forces Day in June.
councillors say they are concerned at the potential disruption
with a loss of parking and trade for businesses in the town centre.
Louise Parkin told this week's meeting: "We really should
not be closing the High Street on a busy Saturday in June after
all the other closures for markets and other events through the
Bill Hancock agreed: "If you're a shop who pays high business
rates then you'll view yet another closure of the High Street
as a further nail in your coffin. We cannot allow these closures
to hurt traders."
Cllr Paul Young says he believes they are positive for trade.
"There's a great advantage to closing the High Street for
special events to help encourage more visitors into the town,
who in turn spend money."
Neville Jones said: "Go and speak to the traders who sell
for their livelihood in Burnham - find out from them whether they
want more street closures."
And Cllr Michael Clarke said: "There has been a huge amount
spent on helping the traders, and improving Burnham town centre
through our ongoing project funded from the Tesco expansion mitigation
pointed out that the new events area in the High Street has been
specifically intyroduced to allow more community events to be
held in the town centre.
council is to consult with traders via Burnham Chamber of Trade
and re-consider the road closure proposals later in the year.
Burnham High Street and, above, the monthly farmers market