Town Centre Manager role to finish in October
will no longer have a Town Centre Manager from the end of October
when funding for the position runs out - and town councillors have
this week been debating the future of various town centre activities.
two-year contract for Bev Milner Simonds, Burnham's Town Centre
Manager, will finish when regeneration funding from Tesco, to offset
its store development, is due to run out.
councillors have this week been considering whether to continue
some of the town centre events that the Town Centre Manager has
been running - or seek the involvement of other groups in the town.
Peter Burridge-Clayton, who declared in his involvement with community
events group BEST before Wednesday's meeting, said: "I am aware
of an events group in the town that will take over most of these,
it not all of them - the Christmas events most definitely, the support
of Spray Jam most definitely, Chase The Sun most definitely, St
George's Day most definitely, and Somerset Day. The paper aeroplane
championships and pancake race could be taken on by another organisation."
Clerk Denise Emery told the meeting that the council is "keen
to see the events continue in some form or another" and that
the matter will be further considered at its next full meeting.
in the High Street and Victoria Street will be taken down at the
end of October in time for carnival and will need to be replaced
in 2017. The Somerset Flags will be removed at the end of October,
while the art flags have got into storage at the Town Council. It's
been proposed that management of footfall cameras in the town will
be part-managed by the Chamber of Trade.
pictured above, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "There can be few
roles where you get such variety on a day-to-day basis. From litter
collections and business rates queries to writing economic plans
looking ten years hence and co-ordinating public events."
have been attempting to deliver benefit to the 211 businesses in
the town centre whilst being answerable to elected town councillors.
It's been a balancing act and I don't think I have pleased all of
the people all of the time - but I have tried to!"
added: "One area that has been visible to the most people has
been the events that councillors have commissioned to drive footfall
into the town centre. Each event was carefully costed with aims,
objectives, target markets, advertising, partners, deliverables
and success measures defined and agreed beforehand, plus lengthy
reports back afterwards."
have been fun to deliver, but hard work too - I hope that the Council
will think some of them are worthwhile continuing and will act as
the commissioner for a variety of events, however funded in the
Town Centre manager was appointed in October 2014 and has run
for two years.
Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade & Commerce has organised a meeting
on Monday October 17th when businesses in the town centre will be
able to hear more about town centre events and management after
Burnham's Town Centre Manager finishes her role.