for free half-hour parking in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
Burnham-On-Sea resident has voiced her concerns to town councillors
this week over a proposed increase in parking charges, while there
have also been calls for 30 minutes of free parking for shoppers.
at Monday's Town Council meeting, Sylvia Young said she was shocked
at the proposed hike in parking charges by Sedgemoor District
said it will lead to fewer visitors in Burnham's town centre shops
while the possibility of charges for disabled drivers and new
costs at Apex Park is wrong, she says.
Cllr Janet Keen said there were reasons for the rises and referred
Mrs Young to a recent district council meeting, first
reported here on Burnham-On-Sea.com.
Keen said: "It was decided for the time being there would
be no charges at Apex Park. The rationale for standardising parking
charges is there is a wide discrepancy between different places
and different times. And as for the proposals for disabled parking
there are precedents in other parts of Somerset for this."
Cllr Louise Parkin went on to support traders at Burnham Chamber
of Trade's recent open business meeting where the first half hour's
parking is free for shoppers.
said: "It will encourage shoppers to pop in and get a few
bits and pieces and not to go to Tesco and Asda for a 'one-stop
shop'. The car parking charges just encourage people to go to
the big supermarkets."