Mayor 'shocked and saddened' at Morrisons closure plan
Mayor has expressed his shock at the potential closure of the
town's Morrisons supermarket.
Michael Clarke and Mayoress Maria Clarke, right, first
heard that the Burnham store has been proposed for closure from
Burnham-On-Sea.com on Friday morning.
was a surprise - we were both shocked and saddened to read about
it," he said.
many years, Morrisons has been a good supporter of our town. They
have created jobs and provided a useful facility that is used
by many locals and holidaymakers in the centre of Burnham."
would therefore like to see a supermarket here in the future which
would hopefully protect some - or all - of the jobs. Our
thoughts go to all those whose jobs are threatened."
Morrisons spokesperson told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We have
looked extremely carefully at whether our store in Burnham-On-Sea
can be turned around but unfortunately we cannot see a way of
making it viable. We are therefore proposing its closure. We are
consulting with colleagues and unions and we will be discussing
how to reduce redundancies and redeploy colleagues around our
MP James Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Whilst Morrisons,
along with other supermarkets, have been in the firing line this
summer over milk prices; the proposed closure of their store in
Burnham is very sad news."
the first priority is those who work there and I understand that
Morrisons is working with employees and the unions to minimise
redundancies. I am in contact with Morrisons' head office and
will watch that process closely."
on, we will need to know the future of that site. Other supermarkets
have been mooted but clearly it is a prime spot in Burnham and
it is vital that whatever goes there next will boost the local
economy and be in keeping with the rest of town. I stand ready
to work with the local councils to make sure that is the case."
Centre Manager Beverley Milner Simonds said she's been in contact
with Sedgemoor District Council's Economic Development team and
a meeting is to be held early next week to discuss the possibilities
for the site.