for Burnham to Berrow cycle path hit by golf club land dispute
for a new cycle path between Berrow and Burnham-On-Sea have been
dealt a setback amid a long-running land dispute.
Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported
here last week, planning officers at Sedgemoor District Council
approved the proposals for a £229,000 extension to the cycle
while the planning decision was a key milestone for Greenways and
Cycle Routes Limited, we reported last week that it still needs
to get approvals from landowners along the route.
Grimshaw, from Greenways and Cycle Routes, has said this week that
Burnham and Berrow Golf Club is not willing to give up land.
cant begin as one of the interested parties is not willing
to release their land to us," Mr Grimshaw confirmed.
are very disappointed and shocked that the path can't go ahead even
after the council approval last week. Unfortunately, if we don't
get agreement by the end of July then we will lose our European
grant funding and that stops the whole project."
and Berrow Golf Club says that it supports the cycle route "in
principle" but it would need to redesign seven of its 18 holes
on its championship course to accommodate the path. It has held
discussions with Greenways and Cycle Routes Limited and local councillors.
a statement, the golf club says: "Regrettably, after a comprehensive
study by professional consultants, the directors have been advised
that the current proposal cannot be supported. The reasons relate
to the safety of cyclists and others, serious liability issues raised
by our insurers and the need to redesign no less than seven of 18
holes on the championship course."
includes protection measures for members of the public. These are
disproportionate to the benefits of the proposal and would create
long term disruption to the golf course which is ranked in the top
echelons of golf courses in the UK and Ireland."
club remains open to exploring further opportunities in creating
pedestrian links from Berrow to Burnham and will continue to work
with councillors in this regard."
decision comes a year after the opening of the first section of
Way cycle path between Weston and Brean.