town centre pancake race cancelled after traders concerns
to hold a community pancake racing event in Burnham-On-Sea town
centre have been cancelled after concerns were raised by businesses
about the impact on their trade.
had been proposed that the races be held in College Street later
this month instead of the High Street to appease traders, but
town councillors have voted against the suggestion at their latest
asked for feedback from those in the area where the pancake race
was proposed to take place around the Baptist Church and I received
some positive and negative feedback," Burnham's Town Centre
Manager Bev Milner Simonds explained.
letter in particular raised concerns about that location and so
I distributed that to councillors and asked for feedback on what
I should do next. I did not receive any feedback in time, so unfortunately
I have cancelled the pancake race this year. This
event was very popular last year with participants and some traders."
Peter Burridge-Clayton said: "This event has drawn objections.
I think if you're going to do a road closure it needs to be for
a very substantial event and I'm not sure that a pancake race
was worthy of a road closure. Objections came from the traders
to all the proposed locations, so we have to listen to them as
it's their business and livelihoods."
Martin Cox added: "I personally feel very sorry that it has
been cancelled because it got great publicity for Burnham last
year, but I understand that for small traders having the High
Street shut is a detriment to their trade. My thoughts are that
the pancake race should be held between Lloyds Bank and Nat West
in Regents Street instead - that's the area of the High Street
where we get the least amount of pedestrians. I agree with the
objections about College Street where the high winds are a factor
at this time of year."
Cllr John Parkes said: "There's no getting away from the
fact that this council previously approved an events area, so
quite rightly members of the public and businesses are asking
why we have a dedicated events area but we don't seem to be using
town centre pancake races were held for the first time last year,
as we reported at the time - see the link below.
& Photos: Burnham-On-Sea pancake races hailed a flipping success!