January 21, 2015
Burnham High Street revamp 'delayed by three weeks' says council

Work to revamp part of Burnham-On-Sea High Street has been delayed three weeks, it has emerged this week.

Work to install new lighting columns in the High Street, finger posts, lighting columns in Victoria Street, planters, cycle racks, hanging baskets and event banner columns was due to begin shortly.

However, Paul Martin, the Town Council's Project Manager in charge of the work, pictured, told "Unfortunately, delivery of the street furniture has been delayed. We were due to take delivery of the items on January 6th, however the date has now been moved to January 28th."

"We're therefore running three weeks behind at the moment," he confirmed. "It's all due to manufacturing delays by our supplier."

"It will affect the timelines for other work as well because the street furniture has to be installed before the pavements are resurfaced. We don't want to be laying new pavements and then digging them up to do the installs."

Town Clerk Denise Emery added: "It is disappoining, but unfortunately is completely out of our hands. We are in regular contact with the supplier."

New pavements between Cross Street and Adam Street were planned to be completed during January, weather permitting.

Road surfacing works between Cross Street and Adam Street remain scheduled to be completed by the end of March.

The Town Council will be giving four weeks notice of the roadworks to affected traders to ensure they have adequate time to prepare.

The work aims to enhance the appearance of Burnham town centre to encourage more shoppers and visitors.

The changes are part of a combined work package amounting to £440,000 funded by Tesco to offset the expansion of its Burnham store, along with grants from the Town Council and former South West Regional Development Agency.


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