hurt and traders unhappy after Burnham High Street revamp
safety of Burnham-On-Sea's new town centre 'events area' is in
the spotlight this week after several accidents where walkers
have tripped up.
coloured paving stones and a yellow road surface have been introduced
in the High Street as part of a raft of changes aimed at attracting
the new surfaces have been catching out pedestrians and several
have tripped since the changes were introduced.
Brown, who saw several people fall on Friday, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"They occurred on the new surface outside Peacock's - there
were two falls and two near falls. The drop down to the road is
less than on the other side of the road."
Manager Paul Martin told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I have heard
there have been several incidents with people tripping up. It's
unfortunate and the Town Council are looking into this further."
said it is now "very doubtful" that all the work will
be finished for Easter, as had been planned. "We're now looking
at later in April for final completion."
added: "The street lighting columns are progressing, but
we are looking at re-locating several of the street lights and
this is being reviewed with the lighting contractor. The position
of several hanging basket columns may also be moved prior to the
end of the project. The street furniture has been successfully
installed and the resurfacing completed."
traders are also unhappy, with Les Barber at Bessies Sweet Shoppe
telling Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The work seems to be of a poor
standard. There are unstable and uneven paving stones on the pavement,
plus half-completed yellow lines on the road - it's very disappointing."
Milner Simonds, Town Centre Manager, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"It was alarming to hear the reports of the trips and falls
in the High Street events area."
I was a part of the initial discussions about the events area
I didn't take part in the material colour choices. It is my job
to ensure that the processes are in place so that events that
take place in the town are safe and clearly the choices in this
area of the town have had unforeseen consequences."
added: "I think its state should be reviewed as soon as possible
as we have some great town centre events coming up. To me, it
looks like the road should be black as that is the thing that
is different to other places where they don't have falls."
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.
The new paving stones on pavements in Burnham High Street have
been called "unstable and uneven" by one business owner