High St 'should be pedestrianised' says ex-councillor
former town councillor has this week said Burnham-On-Sea's High
Street should have been pedestrianised as part of a project to regenerate
the town using thousands of pounds of funding from supermarket giant
Young, who was a town councillor and deputy Mayor until he
resigned in April, spoke out on pedestrianisation as a resident
at the start of the Town Council's Town Projects Committee meeting
on Monday (August 21st).
said he believes the council should have delivered more benefits
to the town centre from the 'Tesco 106' funding that was secured
to compensate traders for the expansion of Burnham's Tesco store.
says: "The Tesco 106 funding brought us around £450,000
to help compensate for the expansion of the Tesco store and help
boost the trade of shops."
the chemist, a key retailer in our town, says they would have increased
their trade by at least 30% if pedestrianisation of Burnham High
Street had gone ahead."
would have brought in extra visitors and shoppers."
added: "There were political and practical reasons why we couldn't
do full pedestrianisation but we could have gone some way to making
it more pedestrian friendly - even introducing part-time pedestrianisation
on, say, Fridays and Saturdays when there are crowds of people in
lot of towns have done this successfully, but when I was on the
council it was unfortunately ignored."
continued: "So what did the Tesco 106 project achieve for Burnham?
What we got for the money wete some new flag poles, street lights,
new street furniture such as bike racks, plus an events area that
is a bit controversial and unpopular with some retailers. We haven't
done much to improve the retail situation."
don't think we have got a lot for the £450,000. We did get
to hold some great events and now also have two footfall counters
that are helping to drive the coach project."
pedestrianisation would have provided lasting benefit and I'd also
like to see the proposed town centre wi-fi introduced, which is
a great opportunity."
Michael Clarke, the Chairman of the council's Town Projects Committee,
said that "ongoing discussions" are underway on the feasibility
of a wi-fi service for the town centre, which we featured