Council clarifies £55k Burnham-On-Sea seafront upgrade
and Highbridge Town Council has spoken out after some residents
were left 'confused' by an announcement from Sedgemoor District
Council that it will spend £55,000 on upgrading facilities
along the seafront even though a bigger project is underway to deliver
& Highbridge Town Council Tatiana Cant says the news, which
was first reported here
by Burnham-On-Sea.com, would normally be welcomed since the
toilets and showers in particular are in need of improvement before
the holiday season gets fully underway.
she added that the Town Council is also busy preparing a bid for
funding for the Burnham Evolution Project.
Town Council has been working with Sedgemoor and Burnham Chamber
Of Trade to come up with proposals to enhance The Esplanade significantly
with new features for children, better street furniture and lighting."
project could also provide funding to refurbish the Princess Theatre
to improve this facility which is already very well used by the
Burnham Evolution Project is completely separate from the routine
plans which Sedgemoor have announced as part of their works programme."
added that the Town Council has been actively seeking the views
of local residents and speaking to visitors at the recent Farmers
Market and Food Festival.
200 responses were received. The Town Council has now collated all
the responses and is in the process of preparing the business plan
in order to submit the funding bids," she said.
application will be considered at an extraordinary meeting of the
full Town Council on Monday 18th June. It will be some time before
this can be properly finalised and agreed and for the funds to be
Town Clerk has also been liaising closely with Sedgemoor District
Council to ensure that the plans of the various departments at the
District Council are 'joined up' and that the two authorities are
working together without duplication and for the benefit of the
essential works are due to the poor current state of the shelters.
Sedgemoor is doing the bare minimum as hopefully the Town Council
will be successful with the Burnham Evolution funding bid and will
be able to replace them next year."