'Significant project' aims to 'restore civic pride' and increase activities in town

PUBLISHED: 08:00 31 May 2018

Burnham High Street.

Burnham High Street.

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A 'significant investment project' in Burnham-on-Sea plans to make it 'a better place to live, work and visit'.

Burnham beach.Burnham beach.

Burnham and Highbridge Town Council, Sedgemoor District Council and Litter Free Somerset have joined forces to create the Burnham Evolution project which will focus on regeneration of key areas including the Esplanade, Princess Theatre, sea front and town centre.

It comes after complaints from tourists and people living in Burnham about the lack of options available in the town.

The project is in the consultation stage and it is not yet known how much money will be available, but the town council has employed a consultant to prepare a business plan in order to apply for grants from the coastal community fund and EDF Energy’s community impact fund.

Other funding sources, including from businesses in the town, are also being considered.

In the past, various ideas such as a mini-golf course on part of the South Esplanade have been suggested, but this was resisted by people living in Burnham so did not go ahead.

A spokesman for the town council said: “Burnham residents will benefit from an increase in the number of people who spend time and money in the town as there will be more to see and do.

“We also hope these improvements will restore a sense of civic pride in the community.

“This will be a significant investment to enhance the town and make it a better place to live, work and visit.”

A spokesman for Sedgemoor District Council added: “We are hoping the project will be well received and successful in attracting finance.”

Representatives from the project were at Eat: Burnham food festival on Saturday to gauge public opinion on the plans.

Members of the public were able to look at draft drawings and plans and fill out surveys about what improvements they would like to see in the town.

Speaking at a project meeting, Cllr Peter Clayton said: “The feedback we have received so far has been overwhelmingly positive.

“We are encouraging people to come forward and give their thoughts on what should be done to improve Burnham.”

To have your say on the plans, email consultation@burnham-highbridge.org

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