Burnham-On-Sea seafront South Esplanade

Burnham-On-Sea’s seafront looks set to get a long-overdue upgrade of its lighting as part a major overhaul, it has been confirmed this week.

Town councillors on the Policy and Finance Committee have this week approved putting £17,000 towards a project to improve Burnham’s Esplanade lighting.

“Councillors would like to see the old decorative lighting removed, and new lighting introduced to make the Esplanade more attractive to visitors and residents as part of the Burnham Evolution project,” Town Council Clerk Tatiana Cant told Burnham-On-Sea.com.

“The funds for the seafront lighting project have this week been topped up with £17,000 from the council’s reserves.”

The council’s Burnham Evolution project is set to introduce a number of enhancements to the town centre and seafront, despite two funding setbacks.

While a bid for £350,000 from the Hinkley Point C Mitigation Fund has been successful, separate bids for £1m from the government’s Coastal Communities Fund and £50,000 from the Coastal Revival Fund were both turned down.

There have been several attempts to start a project to get the seafront lights replaced in recent years.

A project manager is due to be appointed this summer to take forward the Burnham Evolution projects and begin the work.