parking for shoppers in Burnham and Highbridge edges closer
that shoppers in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge could soon be given
30 minutes of free parking to encourage local trade have been
given a boost this week.
the wake of the Morrisons closure in Burnham and reduced footfall,
the Town Council and Burnham Chamber of Trade have both urged
Sedgemoor District Council to consider half an hour's free parking
this week's meeting of the Town Council, it emerged that Sedgemoor
is "considering the implications of free parking" at
the car parks in Lynton Road and Bank Street.
Louise Parkin welcomed the news, but said: "I would like
to see the free parking in place before the autumn when the town
shops will desperately need it. We need to keep on at Sedgemoor
about this - we need a timescale."
Peter Burridge-Clayton told Monday's meeting: "I am encouraged
that they are at least considering it. In the past it's been dismissed."
Emery, the Town Council Clerk, said: "Since the closure of
Morrisons there is concern that residents are choosing out-of-town
shopping at Tesco and Asda because parking is free. The first
half an hour free in Lynton Road and Bank Street car parks would
allow residents to pop in and pick up shopping items in town."
wrote to the district council in March calling on Sedgemoor to
consider the proposed changes, especially following the recent
10% hike across the district.
District Council has responded by saying it is "currently
considering the implications of free parking in Sedgemoor District
Council car parks."
calls for free parking were first raised by local businesses during
an open meeting organised by Burnham Chamber of Trade in January
and it too has discussions underway with the district council.