to "lethal" ATM machine in Burnham-On-Sea are welcomed
to repair a "lethal" cash machine in Burnham-On-Sea
High Street has got underway this week - just days after town
councillors raised serious safety concerns about the facility.
operators of the cash machine were on site on Monday, as pictured,
to repair it after we reported
here last week that town councillors had aired a number of
fears about the rusty ATM, which had electric wires poking out.
councillors demanded that unless 'urgent' safety improvements
were made, they would cordon it off with barricades to reduce
the safety risk to passers-by.
But Town Clerk Denise Emery told Burnham-On-Sea.com
on Monday evening: "The Town Council is pleased to see that
following the Town Projects Committee meeting on the 6th April
when the matter was raised as a matter of deep concern, the ATM
machine in the High Street has been repaired."
"I would like to thank Sedgemoor District Council and Somerset
County Council for their help in adding their voice to the Town
Council's concerns which led to the repairs being brought forward
on the works schedule."
"The BT liaison officer at Cardtronics, Wendy Dawson, had
promised the work would be carried out this week when speaking
to me on 7th April, so it is good to see that the work has been
done in the first day of this week."
base of the machine, pictured above, has been repaired to remove
access to the rusty area and exposed wires.
Peter Burridge-Clayton added: "It's very good news that it
has been fixed. This is down to the council's persistence and
the combined work of several local councils that we have got a
comes after strongly-worded concerns were expressed by councillors
during last week's Burnham and Highbridge Town Council meeting.
Louise Parkin said: "We have a duty of care to the residents
of this town and our visitors. None of us like this ATM. The ATM
operator has had ample opportunity since June last year to rectify
it, but they don't give a damn. Well, I do, and I want this sorted."
kid could get tetanus from it at best if they don't lose an arm.
It is absolutely unthinkable that this council allows this to
continue... at worst, I think we should barricade it off as a
duty of care."
Martin Cox added: "It is absolutely outrageous. You can see
live wiring coming out through a hole. How that it isn't enough
for the ATM firm to fix it I do not know. I call on them to be
publicly shamed for allowing this to happen and for disregarding
the request of the local council."
Andy Brewer said: "I suggest we keep up the pressure on BT
in particular and try to raise the profile of the problem. We
need to protect ourselves against legal action but this is a public
matter we have a degree of responsibility."
David Hoggarth added: "I suggest we send both parties a 30
day notice of intent. That would legally be in order. With this
degree of inaction over several months, we can then continue with
our intention of barricading it. It's an item of public access.
Literally after 31 days we do it to protect our residents."
Martin Cox responded: "We may not have to put barricades
up but just a few notices saying there is a potential danger with
this machine and that people should beware."
voted unanimously to give the ATM company 30 days notice to make
safety improvements or further action will be taken, which led
to this week's repair work being completed so fast.