District council to invest more than £50k to help 'poor state' of seafront
PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:43 19 June 2018
An upgrade of Burnham-on-Sea's seafront will take place before the summer season for 'the benefit of the town'.
Sedgemoor District Council has promised to spend £55,000 on improving toilets, showers and shelters along the Esplanade.
Work will take place in two phases, the first will commence before the end of June at the South Esplanade, beginning at the Yacht Club end.
Each shelter will be done individually, meaning two will always be available for use.
The same will happen in the second phase with the three shelters along the North Esplanade, starting at the Sea View Road end.
External showers and foot washes at the Esplanade toilets will be replaced, meaning the ladies toilet will be closed for a couple of days and portaloos will be provided.
A spokesman for the district council said: “We will be investing £55,000 to improve facilities in Burnham.
“There will also be minor repairs to the life guard hut, Victoria Street shelter, Apex Park toilets and Pier Street bus shelter.
“We are awaiting pricing and time scales.”
The funding is separate to the Burnham Evolution project which, as reported in the Mercury last month, will focus on regeneration of key areas in the town including the Esplanade, seafront, Princess Theatre and town centre.
Burnham and Highbridge Town Council has made it clear Sedgemoor’s funding and Evolution are separate plans.
Both councils have been liaising to ensure its plans are ‘joined up’ and are working together on Evolution.
Public consultation about the scheme took place at Eat: Burnham last month and more than 200 responses have been submitted.
A spokesman for the town council said: “We have collated all the responses and are in the process of preparing a business plan for the funding bids.
“The Burnham Evolution project is completely separate from the routine plans which Sedgemoor has announced as part of its works programme which is due to the current poor state of the seafront.
“We have been working closely with Sedgemoor to enhance the Esplanade and make sure our works are joined up and for the benefit of the town.”