dismay as council rejects maritime plaques funding bid
Burnham-On-Sea war veteran says he has been left "livid"
by Sedgemoor District Council's decision not to give any funding
for the installation of two seafront plaques recognising the town's
maritime war history.
Jones, pictured with the artwork for the plaques, applied
for a £2,000 grant from the council towards the overall
cost of designing, creating and installing two special plaques
that are due to be unveiled
on Burnham's Esplanade this Saturday.
mark the 75th anniversary since America gave Britain 50 destroyers,
known as 'Gift Horses', to fight Hitlers German navy - one
of which was HMS Burnham - that helped to create a special bond
between Burnham-On-Sea and Burnham in Illinois, America.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I have been working hard on this
project for many months and submitted full details to Sedgemoor
District Council in time for the latest meeting of its Grants
Panel, only to hear that the application has now been unsuccessful."
plaques are of national importance and Sedgemoor should be honoured
they are coming here to Burnham and be keen to support them. The
Town Council has already given a £2,000 grant, so why on
earth can't Sedgemoor see the merrit too? I am livid and disgusted
that they are showing no interest."
added: "I will have to find the remaining funding from my
own pocket, which is disgraceful."
Faun, spokeswoman for Sedgemoor District Council, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The Grants Panel did not agree the funding for the plaques.
We have set criteria for all grant applications to make the process
fair and transparent for all organisations and individuals who
the panel felt that this application did not meet the criteria,
so it was not approved."
the two plaques have already been manufactured ahead of this Saturday's
ceremony and both feature Sedgemoor's logo. It's also understood
that the Chairman and Chief Executive of the council are due to
atend the unveiling ceremony.