15, 2016 Burnham-On-Sea's
£40k town centre events area 'could be phased out'
£40,000 events area that was installed in Burnham-On-Sea's
High Street last year could be 'phased out' due to a lack of community
events being held there, it has been suggested during a council
former Mayor Cllr Martin Cox questioned the future of the events
area during the latest meeting of the council's Town Projects
think we probably made a mistake with the events area, but I think
it's too soon to say we don't want it to stay," he said.
"We have got to see how this year goes, but I think it will
probably be phased out, but it's too early to make a decision."
£40,000 events area comprises of a yellow tarmac road surface,
new pavements and a power box for events equipment. It was installed
last year with regeneration funding from Tesco to offset the expansion
of its Burnham store, plus grants from Burnham and Highbridge
Town Council and Sedgemoor District Council.
traders are unhappy that too many closures of the High Street
have been taking place, which they see as being disruptive and
hindering access and trade.
latest discussions about the events area came as councillors considered
budgets for the coming year.
Clerk Denise Emery told the meeting that the events area "is
still under budget, and it is Tesco money", adding that £20,000
is earmarked for its maintenance over the next five years.