anger as Burnham-On-Sea Holiday Village tourists sent awry
Burnham-On-Sea residents have this week called for more to be done
to stop holidaymakers using in-car sat-nav systems from being mis-directed
into their residential roads instead of Burnham Holiday Village.
Kidner, a resident of Atlantic Crescent, is among several residents
who have spoken out about the issue of up to '20-30 vehicles a day'
getting mis-directed to nearby residential streets instead of to
Burnham Holiday Village in Old Station Approach.
are requesting that a new sign be installed at the end of Lundy
Drive, pictured below, to inform motorists that there is no access
to Burnham Holiday Village, whose entrance is a few metres away.
are currently directed by their sat-nav systems into Atlantic Crescent,
which is a cul-de-sac, even though it has a completely different
post code than Burnham Holiday Village, she explained.
went on to say that the cars often arrive in groups, playing loud
music or towing caravans, which then have to reverse back out.
has been known for up to 20 to 30 vehicles on a single Friday evening,"
she said, adding that delivery lorries often make the same sat-nav
councillor Andy Brewer, also a resident of Atlantic Crescent, said
he "fully supports" Mrs Kidners comments. "I
have seen more than ten vehicles an hour arriving at peak times,"
considered requesting a new sign from County Highways and contacting
sat-nav mapping companies to report the problem.
Nick Tolley said that sat-nav users usually don't follow signs,
so installing a new one may not have the desired effect. "A
direct approach to sat nav data suppliers could put it right,"
Janet Keen added that the problem goes wider than just here, with
similar issues in Isleport Lane and the Walrow railway bridge.
Martin Cox said he feels something needs to be done quickly before
the Easter holiday season begins, with a new tourist road sign in
Marine Drive being the preferred option to direct tourists to the
Town Clerk Tatiana Cant said she's concerned about the cost of a
new brown sign. Cllr Phil Harvey suggested a normal road sign would
Clerk is to request Somerset County Highways install a sign. She
will also research into the sat-nav mapping companies to report