street art on hoarding in Burnham covered with banner
street art painted on a hoarding at Burnham-On-Sea's Tuckers Garage
site looks has been covered up with a council banner.
debate has been taking place on social media during the past few
days regarding the suitability of the 'tag' art, pictured here,
which was painted during last weekend's BOSfest.
residents are strongly opposed to the art, saying it is out of keeping,
while others support it and say it brightens up the street scene.
Council Clerk Tatiana Cant said: "Arrangements have now been
made for the 'Welcome to Burnham-On-Sea' banner to be reinstated
at this location. This is a temporary solution pending discussion
with all the relevant parties on the best way forward for this site.
The restoration of the banner had been agreed with BOSfest management
prior to the event."
welcome banner was previously bought by the Town Council to brighten
up the hoardings due to there being a delay in the long-awaited
building work at the site.
social media, one user, Stuart Thornton, said: "Nothing wrong
with tidying up the town and making it look better but has to be
done the right way to entice people here. I dont see what
was done to the hoardings as any help at all, it serves no purpose,
goodness knows what it actually says at a glance I dont feel
it does anything for the town at all apart from helping it look
even worse than it is... Its just a mess."
Anji Duff, added: "Wow! Love this! Genius way to add colour
and movement to an eyesore."
Nathaniel Topping added: "Its such a shame to see such
negativity surrounding this after such a wonderful weekend. So many
people worked tirelessly in the months leading up to this to bring
culture and art from all spectrums to the town for people of all
ages, something that Burnham and many other small towns have been
lacking in the past decade. Whilst many of you have complained about
the street art, none of you seem to care about other parts of the
town that wasting away."
adds: "At one point the council considered spending £20,000
on installing WiFi on the beach before even thinking about giving
the town a new lick of paint. One of the most common things people
notice when visiting if how much life had been drained by lack of
proper maintenance, live music, art and culture the town has endured
in the past decade, and its really no surprise when the people
who try and revitalise the town are hounded for their efforts. I
had great weekend, found myself unable to leave when trying because
I was finding myself spending time with wonderful people, and that
wouldnt have happened had the event not been put on. So thank
you to everyone involved, you did a great job, I truly hope these
comments dont deter you from doing it again."
Malcolm Foster said: "All this nasty spray paint is bringing
the town down! Why are these dreadful ugly images allowed to spoil
our town? Go ruin somewhere else!"
Turco added: "Im sure the BoSFest organisers have worked
very hard for what by all accounts has been a pleasant weekend and
Im sure many have enjoyed it. The thing is though the music,
performances, drama etc are now all just memories. The art is more
permanent. And with any art it does not matter how talented the
artist might be, opinions of it are entirely subjective. And the
Tuckers hoarding is not to my taste. The fact is that the
art is diametrically opposed to the brand values and what we are
trying to achieve in our very nearby business."
of the organisers, Sophie Nicholson, responded: "Goodness me
with all these negative comments it really makes me wonder why we
work so hard to put on an amazing event for free for our local community
to enjoy. You always get a couple that have to complain. Oh well
looking forward to helping to organise the spray artists for next
year for majority of people to enjoy."
developer Abracore won
approval in 2014 to build two blocks of three-storey buildings
at the former Tucker's Garage site in Victoria Street, but building
work has never begun. The
site was previously occupied by the former garage which was demolished
11 years ago, as we featured here.