couple spend £8,000 clearing path 'neglected' by councils
Burnham-On-Sea couple has spent £8,000 on clearing 100 tonnes
of sand away from a public footpath in the town to increase safety
owners of Burnham's Retreat Holiday Park say the sand had piled
up over three metres deep along the public footpath runining from
Brightstowe Road onto the beach, meaning a security fence was useless
and walkers could look directly into homes, causing privacy and
we first reported
here two years ago, Debbie March and her husband, pictured above,
have been involved in long-running talks with Somerset County Council
and Sedgemoor District Council to clear the path, but they say their
calls had "fallen on deaf ears."
they have taken the matter into their own hands and this month the
path has been cleared in time for the summer season.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We have gone backwards and forwards
for over two years with Sedgemoor, the County Council and Western
the sand building up higher than our park's fence, we needed to
protect our boundary and also help the path's users."
provided all the paperwork and detailed risk assessments to the
two councils, along with permissions from neighbouring properties,
and have gone ahead with the work."
employed some contractors to take 100 tonnes of sand away from a
30-metre stretch of the path, putting it back on the beach, and
we have received lots of very positive feedback from walkers and
people have even told us they can now use the path for the first
time in over three years because the steepness of the path's incline
has been reduced. The safety and security aspects have been addressed
costing us £3,000 to clear the path and £5,000 for a
new concrete fence, but it's a small price to pay to boost security
and give the public a path they can now use more easily over the
summer holiday period."