sign petition calling on golf club to back Berrow cycle path plan
1,000 people have signed a petition calling on Burnham and Berrow
Golf Club to reconsider its decision not to support plans for a
new cycle path along Coast Road.
Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported
here earlier this year, council planning officers at Sedgemoor
District Council approved the proposals for a £229,000 extension
to the cycle route that current runs from Weston to Brean.
while the planning decision was a key milestone for Greenways and
Cycle Routes Limited - the group hoping to build the cycle path
- it still needs to gain approvals from landowners along the route.
and Berrow Golf Club says that it is unwilling to give up its land
along Coast Road for the cycle path.
weeek, we reported that local group Brean Seasonal Caravaners (BSC)
had launched an online
petition here to try and encourage the golf club to change its
stance. Since then, hundreds of extra people have added their names
to the petition.
to Burnham-On-Sea.com, BSC spokesman Martin Mills said: "Over
the whole mile and a half stretch from Unity Farm to Berrow Church
there are only three land owners on the west side of Coast Road
- Unity Farm, Sedgemoor District Council and Burnham and Berrow
Golf Club. From what we understand, Sedgemoor and Unity fully support
the scheme, whilst the Golf Course remains unconvinced."
path would be placed along the edge of Coast Road which is currently
all overgrown at present and it would appear to have very little
impact on the golf course based on the current plans. The two tees
along the stretch of course both play diagonally away from the road
so there would be little danger. The cycle path proposal even allows
for the provision of a high fence which will increase security for
the golf club."
all that in mind, it would be such a shame for Brean to lose this
opportunity without further consideration to its merits. Effectively,
this is what we are asking with the petition. We ask the club to
look at this again."
and Burnham Golf Club said a recent statement: "The Golf Club,
through its Board of Directors and Trustees, in principle support
the cycle route and the merits of which have been discussed at length
with Mr Grimshaw and local Councillors. Regrettably after a comprehensive
study by Professional Consultants the Directors have been advised
that the current proposal cannot be supported."
reasons relate to the safety of cyclists and others, serious liability
issues raised by our Insurers and the need to redesign no less than
7 of 18 holes on the Championship Course. This includes protection
measures for members of the public. These are disproportionate to
the benefits of the proposal and would create long term disruption
to the Golf Course which is ranked in the top echelons of Golf Courses
in UK and Ireland."
Club remains open to exploring further opportunities in creating
pedestrian links from Berrow to Burnham and will continue to work
with the local Councillors in this regard."
Land on the route of the proposed cycle path through Berrow