28, 2016 Fresh
plans to pedestrianise Burnham High Street debated by council
proposals to part-pedestrianise Burnham-On-Sea High Street have
been debated by councillors this week.
councillors considered a plan for a "semi-pedestrianisation"
of the High Street at peak times of the year.
Paul Young, Chairman of the council's Town Projects Committee,
said: "Lots of towns have semi or part-time pedestrianisation
- I think we could consider it in Burnham. It could work on Fridays
and Saturdays in the summer months when the town gets particularly
Cllr Nick Tolley said: "I am sure there will be lots of heated
debate about this. Burnham is a small town - it has one main artery,
its High Street - and I think it would be absolutely ludicrous
to pedestrianise it."
get upset at the moment regarding closing it for a few hours,
let alone pedestrianising it. I think this would be a very bad
idea and would cause a lot of problems for residents."
Peter Burridge Clayton added: "I attended a Burnham Chamber
of Trade meeting last week and this was mooted there and there
was a massive groan of dissatisfaction."
far the majority of traders don't want it, and do we really impose
it on them? Looking at it practically, there is a whole section
of the High Street where you couldn't actually pedestrianise it
because those properties don't have back entrances. You could
tell the businesses to get their deliveries at 8am in the morning,
but it's unrealistic for companies to be sure when their goods
not sure it can work in Burnham and I'm not sure the traders want
it. You will need a questionnaire going out to every trader in
Clerk Denise Emery said all the traders would have to be fully
consulted before any firm proposals were drawn up. She added that
the finance implications would have to be considered too.
Martin Cox said: "Pedestrianisation we've looked at 'til
the cows come home and it doesn't work. A mixture of traffic and
pedestrians is something new and they've tried it in Weston and
it works there. It takes a little more thought... but it's worth
council is to discuss the matter with Somerset County Council's
highways department before further consideration.
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