Proposals for Burnham seafront event closures attacked by traders
to temporarily close part of Burnham-On-Sea's Esplanade for two
vehicle events later this year have been attacked by traders this
at the Town Council's latest meeting on Wednesday night, Pavilion
manager and councillor Louise Parkin hit out at the proposals
to shut The Esplanade between the jetty and pier.
was proposed that hundreds of bikes and vehicles be parked up
along the seafront for fundraising events on Sunday 1st May and
Saturday 20th August between 11.30am and 4.30pm for the two events.
Cllr Parkin said: "We, as seafront businesses, unanimously
object in the strongest possible terms."
are a strategic part of our business and by closing The Esplanade
you will stop them coming as drivers work to a tight schedule
and do not follow diversions."
Project Coach up and running again soon, will be expecting up
to 20 coaches a day, if not more, and that's 1,000 customers you
will be turning away."
to say nothing of the buses that come from Brean and Bridgwater
that will have to be diverted, taking that business away too."
proposing the Pier Street car park and southern Esplanade as alternatives,
she continued: "While I know they are very nice people, I
personally have seen too many resorts ruined by an inflow of bikers
that dominate the area and have a devastating impact on tourism.
That's not just my personal experience... I am related to about
50 per cent of amusements around the coast of Britain and I am
in contact with them all the time."
concluded: "Unanimously, along the seafront, we don't want
these closures - coaches are too important."
Centre Bev Milner Simonds had explained during the meeting that
she was keen for the two events to be held nearer the town centre
to encourage moe visitors into the nearby town centre to use shops
Chairman Cllr Paul Young said the committee was in agreement with
Cllr Parkin's views and it was agreed that the events should be
held along the South Esplanade instead, running from the Bay View
Cafe southwards, to minimise any adverse impact on seafront businesses.
Collins, from Bridgwater Harley Davidson Owners Club, who is organising
one of the planned events, told Burnham-On-Sea.com he was "very
happy" that the council had given his event on May 1st the
go-ahead, adding that the new location of the South Esplanade
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