Burnham Coastal Officer appointed to improve sea water quality
new coastal community officer is to be appointed to help Burnham-On-Sea
improve its sea water quality with a series of local projects,
it emerged this week.
new person will be in post "within weeks" according
to Ken Smout, former Mayor of Burnham-On-Sea, pictured below,
who spoke to town councillors this week about the ongoing work
to improve Burnham's bathing water quality as tough new EU sea
water regulations come into force.
- who has attended scores of meetings with local authorities and
organisations over the issue - said: "The new coastal community
officer will be employed for one year to co-ordinate some of the
projects we're looking at, help with communication, handle consultation
with the public and negotiation with local groups and businesses."
person will be working locally for 35 hours a week with a salary
of £20,000- £24,000 a year. It should be pointed out
that this council will not be involved in any financial contributions."
post has been advertised by Cardiff University and the applicants
will be sifted in the next couple of weeks."
for the role will come from several organisations including Environment
Agency, Wessex Water, Cardiff University and other partners.
post holder will be required to have a degree in economic management
and experience in delivering these kind of specialised environmental
projects - it's a real high profile job with knowledge required
of the environmental issues."
Mr Smout added that a multi-million pound project to improve the
sewerage treatment facilities at Apex Park is ongoing. "A
massive task is being undertaken there to update those facilities
and work is ongoing," he said.
not just a local problem, though, the river catchment goes right
down to Taunton. Work is ongoing with the farming community to
reduce effluent and wash-off into water sources and rivers."
added that local people can also play a key role in improving
water quality too. "Locally, the issues of discarded rubbish
and dog waste on local beaches is a massive problem."
added that one of the projects for the new coastal community officer
will be an education programme for residents to help them understand
more about the dangers of washing non-degradable waste down sinks
is no overnight fix, but a great deal is being done," he
stressed: "The water quality is no worse today here in Burnham
than it was ten years ago - it's just that EU has changed the
Mayor, Cllr Michael Clarke, thanked for Mr Smout for his ongoing
work on the issue.