The future of Burnham-On-Sea’s regular farmers markets seems to be secure after the Town Council this week pledged its financial support to the events.
Members of the Town Improvements Committee voted in favour of giving £1,200 of funding – or £100 per month – towards the cost of organising the markets in Burnham High Street, pictured here.
There was concern last year that the popular events could be scrapped altogether after Burnham-On-Sea.com reported last December that the loss of Burnham’s Town Centre Manager due to district council financial cutbacks had put a question mark over their future.
However, the Town Council agreed to safeguard the markets by handing over the management to Somerset Farmers’ Markets, an organisation that oversees nine similar markets across the county.
This week, the Town Council reinforced its support by earmarking the funding. “Councillors were keen to see the events continue and recommended that the funding continues during 2009,” said Cllr Eric Gill, who is Chairman of Burnham’s Town Improvements Committee.
Upcoming markets include this Friday (28th November), followed by 19th December and then 30th January 2009, 27th February 2009 and 27th March 2009. Each will run from 9am-1pm.