over 'out of order' Burnham seafront parking machines
wanting to pay for parking along Burnham-On-Sea's seafront are being
left frustrated by out-of-action payment machines.
spring-time payment charges have come into force over the past week
along the seafront at the start of April, but several payment machines
are out of operation.
drivers have contacted Burnham-On-Sea.com to air their frustrations,
saying they are having to walk long distances to reach working machines.
found a parking space outside the Bay View Cafe and then realised
that because the parking machine there was not working we had to
walk to the nearest working meter along the seafront near Quantock
Court - quite a distance when you are not especially mobile,"
one elderly driver, Mike Hardy, told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
driver who contacted us said: "The stickers on the non-working
machines simply say 'out of order' and unhelpfully don't tell you
which direction to go to find the closest working machine. You
would have hoped the council would have repaired the machines over
the winter so they'd all be working for the start of the new season."
for Somerset County Council, which oversees the machines, claims
just three of the 11 parking machines on Burnham-On-Sea's Esplanade
are not in operation.
to Burnham-On-Sea.com, the council spokesman explained: "This
is because they are exposed to the elements and the salt water can
cause damage to the electrical components."
were examined before they were brought back into operation but unfortunately
these require substantial repairs from the manufacturer. These have
been booked and will be brought back into service as soon as possible."