Town Council chambers to get £6,000 revamp
and Highbridge councillors have approved a £6,000 upgrade
of the council's chambers to try and make the facilities more 'friendly'
to the public.
a meeting last night (Monday, September 4th), councillors voted
to proceed with a "long overdue" project to modernise
the chambers in Burnham's Jaycroft Road.
Martin Cox, Chairman of the council's Staffing and Resources Committee,
pictured, said: "We're frequently told by the public attending
our meetings that it's difficult to hear what is being said during
debates due to the poor sound system."
also felt that councillors don't engage enough because they currently
sit with their backs to the audience. We're looking to correct that
by introducing several improvements to the council chambers."
high-tech ceiling-mounted projector screen will lower down into
the room when required, with the aim of providing better visibility.
existing horseshoe-shaped arrangement of seating and tables will
be "reconfigured" by a carpenter at a cost of £850
- and a separate wall bench and large table at the rear of the room
will be removed to free up space.
microphones and speakers are also set to be installed in the chambers
at a cost of £2,700 to improve the sound quality. A separate
£23,000 wireless sound system was rejected for being too costly.
total £6,200 cost will be taken from the Town Council's 'Fabric
and Maintenance Budget', which has reserves of £96,000 remaining
for future work.
Council Clerk Tatiana Cant told Burnham-On-Sea.com afterwards: "We
are excited that the changes have been given the go-ahead - they
will make such a difference. We hope to have it all completed in
time for our October meeting."