fears over Burnham-On-Sea Mulberry Harbour blocks removal
councillors have this week supported a new project that could see
several of Burnham-On-Sea beach's historic Mulberry Harbour concrete
blocks moved to a new exhibition.
30 of the Burnham-On-Sea
beach Mulberry Harbour blocks are located near the town's low
lighthouse, partially buried in the sand. The large concrete blocks
were once part of the crucial man-made Mulberry Harbours used to
land troops and machinery in France during World War II.
reported here last week, local resident Chris Howlett has asked
Burnham and Highbridge Town Council for approval to remove three
of them and display them possibly at the Imperial War Museum at
councillors considered the plans at a meeting this week and were
supportive, but raised concerns about erosion.
Phil Harvey said the blocks had been put in place as sea defences
and he expressed concern about possible erosion to the sand dunes
near the lighthouse if any were to be removed. Some work needs to
be done on the posible impact, he said.
Michael Clarke responded that he can't see the removal of three
of the blocks leading to the flooding of the whole of Burnham.
Cllr Martin Cox agreed that a "full impact assessment"
should be undertaken and he also recommended the involvement of
the local history group.
also requested that ownership of the blocks be more fully investigated
and then permission sought to remove them accordingly.
agreed to support the project, pending further investigations.