unveiled for Berrow grass bund to halt village green travellers
Parish Council has this week submitted formal plans to Sedgemoor
District Council to build a new earth mound - or bund - around the
village green to prevent travellers from setting up camp there in
Parish Council is requesting permission to form the 0.9m-high grassed
bund around Berrow Green in Barton Road.
follows several visits by large groups of travellers over the summer,
pictured above, when they set up camp on the green.
The application covers: "the installation of a 3.5ft grass
bank, to settle to approximately 2 - 2.5ft, along the front of the
Village Green. The bank will have gaps to allow access to wheelchairs
and buggies but will stop access for unlawful encampments."
Sedgemoor's Parks and Opens Spaces Development team has given its
backing to the scheme, saying that it would not have any adverse
impact on the
recreation ground and would "ensure future use is not
Parish Council Chairman Barry Kew, right, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We're planning to install a 3.5ft grass bund around the village
green to deter the travellers."
cost will be £6-8,000, which is a huge amount to spend from
there's plenty of support in the village for something to be done
and we're hoping to go ahead with the grass bund shortly."
Comments are being welcomed by Sedgemoor's planning department
on the application - reference number 05/16/00026 - before the deadline
of January 3rd, 2017.
Burnham-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has also been looking into whether
changes to the law could help local communities move the travellers
faster in future.
Burnham-On-Sea's BASC Sports Ground has spent £2,500 on new
measures at its entrance in Stoddens Road, as pictured below, following
a summer influx of more than 20 travellers vehicles.
Above, the new measures at the entrance to Burnham-On-Sea's BASC