Burnham-On-Sea councillors have lashed out at roads bosses after learning that money earmarked for two new pedestrian crossings in the town has been taken away.

Two new zebra crossings like the one pictured here were to be installed on Berrow Road and Marine Drive to help walkers get across busy summer roads more safely.

But Chris Betty of the Somerset Highways Department has suddenly withdrawn the money because he claims the work is no longer compliant with the county’s Local Transport Plan.

The news has angered councillors in Burnham, who say it as another example of Burnham being treated poorly by the County Council.

Cllr Peter ClaytonCllr Peter Clayton, pictured right, said: “It’s totally unbelievable that the County Council can promise something like this and take it back. It’s completely disgusting. Once again, money is not coming into Burnham.”

And Cllr Ken Smout added: “A lot of council effort in planning these crossings has been completely wasted. It’s all been a pointless exercise.”

Burnham and Highbridge Town Clerk Eileen Shaw is writing to the County Council Chief Executive to register the town council’s “disgust at the lack of consultation and consideration to any projects that are not in Yeovil, Taunton or to a lesser degree Bridgwater.”

 
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