groups give updates on their work at annual council meeting
Burnham-On-Sea groups gave an update on their council-funded projects
during the annual Town Council meeting this week.
meeting was held on Tuesday evening (April 25th) in Burnham's Princess
Railway Heritage Group's Paul Hambleton gave an overview of the
work over the past year to mark the 50th anniversary of the former
railway line closing in Burnham-On-Sea.
explained that the work has included a replica signal, station name
board, new road name, weather vane, information panel and leaflet
had been introduced thanks in part to funding from the Town Council
and other groups and individuals, as featured
Carnival Club's Duncan Britton gave an update on the club's activities,
explaining that its new shed that was funded by the Town Council
has been a "huge boost", enabling it to build and decorate
its tractor, cart and generator trailer inside and avoid weather
damage, as reported
went on to say that the club is already well underway on building
this year's carnival entry with its 21 children and 16 adult helpers
United AFC's Oliver Taylor and Paul Sealey explained to the council
how the organisation has completed its build of its new clubhouse
over the past year thanks in part to funding from the Town Council.
£280,000 building was unveiled last autumn, as featured
here, and replaced an aging building next to the BAY Centre
playing fields. Mr Taylor said the new facilities are being used
by up to 20,000 people every year. "This new building has made
a massive difference to a lot of people," he said.
Gymnastics Club's Sue Merrit and Mandy Warburton gave an update
on their organisation's recent purchase of a range of new soft play
equipment - thanks to a Town Council grant - which is already benefitting
toddlers, pre-school and recreational groups at the club, as we
added that the Monarchs have come a long way over the past 28 years,
moving from their temporary base at King Alfred School, to a large
unit in Brue Way, Highbridge alongside Leaker's. She explained that
the popularity of the group means adults fitness classes are due
to start in September.
presentations concluded with Cllr Phil Harvery giving an update
on the ongoing work to produce a neigbourhood plan for Burnham-On-Sea,
which was started three years ago to give people a voice on planning
said the document is currently out for consultation until May 15th,
here, and he added that the responses so far have been "very
supportive of the planning policies we are suggesting."
a question and answer session at the end of the meeting, local resident
Alex Turco asked whether a five-minute slot could be introduced
at the end of every monthly Town Council meeting for residents to
ask councillors about their decisions. He also said an upgrade of
the council chamber's furniture, sound system and lighting is needed
alongside a large presentation screen.
Clerk Tatiana Cant said: "We take public engagement very seriously
and want to improve on this. A five-minute sesison for questions
is not unprecedented - it takes place at some other councils - and
while it's not happened here historically, it's still possible."
She added that the council is looking into an upgrade of its council
other questions, resident Phoebe Pearce said the re-introduction
of decorative lights along the seafront should be considered, while
Mike Mansfield added that flags along the seafront should also be