bid to seek overhaul for Burnham's 'eyesore' former job centre
fresh bid is being made to improve the appearance of the former
job centre in Burnham-On-Sea amid growing concern about its deteriorating
Sedgemoor District Council has written to both the owner and tenant
of the building - at the corner of the High Street and Regent
Street - in relation to air its concerns.
spokeswoman Sam Taylor told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "SDC
have not served an Enforcement Notice but have been in contact
with both the owner and tenant in relation to our concerns about
the condition of the site. From the date of the first letter the
owner will have 28 days to contact us and discuss what work needs
to be completed to return the site to an acceptable standard."
we do not receive contact within the 28 days we make a second
attempt, usually allowing an additional 7-14 days for contact
to be made, with our Enforcement Team. If contact is not made
after two attempts strong consideration will be given to issuing
a Section 215 Enforcement Notice."
Town Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds, right, has also
been working to try and improve the site. She said: "Since
the job centre closed in March 2008 the building has deteriorated
and is a real eyesore at this key junction in the town."
have been in contact with the centre's assigned tenant, Telereal
Trillium, to try and encourage them to find a new tenant - or
at very lease get the facade cleaned up. I have suggested a variety
of art projects that could be applied to the windows, but Telereal
Trillium want the Town Council to pay for this and we haven't
been able to find agreeable terms. I haven't given up though and
I am working through some different channels to get this building
property is under lease with Telereal Trillium and its spokeswoman
told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "We continue to actively
source a tenant for this property. It has been widely marketed
but formal interest in the building has been limited. We would
encourage those interested in the property to enquire with Alder
King, the agents marketing the site, for further information.
The property is under lease with Telereal Trillium until 2018,
and we are hopeful that a suitable tenant can be found in the
very near future."
Department for Work and Pensions vacated the former Burnham Jobcentre
at 15 Regent St on 31st January 2009 and handed the building over
to Telereal Trillium. The lease for the premises expires on 31
December 2018. Although the lease is still in the name of the
Secretary of State, it is virtually assigned to Telereal