Food fest grant questioned

PUBLISHED: 11:08 27 July 2015

Burnham Food Festival's last show in May.

Burnham Food Festival's last show in May.


A ROW over council funding for a food festival has surfaced after the event was given a £1,000 grant by town councillors.

Burnham Food Festival, which will return to the town centre for a seventh time in October, attracted more than 20,000 people for its last visit in May, and has become a popular fixture in the local calendar.

But issues have previously been raised over the impact of closing the High Street and surrounding areas for a day, and this month a petition has been handed in from 17 businesses and 55 members of the public to call for a halt to a £1,000 grant fund.

Burnham resident Ann Popham, who presented the petition to the council, said there was a feeling the food festival should have become self-sufficient, having operated in the town since 2012.

She told the Mercury: “They didn’t even look at the petition or take any notice of it. I feel that the public should be listened to.

“We go out there and put our crosses on the ballot papers by those councillors names, but we are not being represented correctly.”

Beverley Milner-Simonds, a director of the festival and Burnham’s town centre manager, said feedback from previous festivals had been ‘overwhelmingly positive’ and that she was ‘surprised’ by Mrs Popham’s submission.

She told the Mercury: “Mrs Popham had not raised her points previously, although we 
have worked quite closely with her on other voluntary projects
in Burnham.

“The grant we applied to the town council for helps to pay for the free events and activities that we build into the festival.

“That’s things like the entertainment, competitions, demonstrations and workshops.

“The food festival is not just another shopping opportunity, it is a free, fun day out for the whole family.

“Both Burnham and Highbridge Town Council and Sedgemoor District Council have been happy to support the festival so that it can provide for local visitors.”

Comments have been disabled on this article.

More from Weston Mercury

52 minutes ago

A father from Winscombe was sentenced to more than three years in prison for a knifepoint robbery of a Weston shop.

Read more

A father ‘struggled’ to care for his son without support for 20 weeks after North Somerset Council failed to provide him with adequate information about carer’s assessments.

Read more

Burnham and Highbridge Town Council have appointed a new town clerk.

Read more
Yesterday, 23:04

People flocked to Weston on Saturday for a day of alternative therapy, spiritualism and traditional crafts from around the world.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:00

Pupils turned out in droves, sporting yellow ears and eye patches, in support of Children in Need.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:23

A Weston boy, who has been long been hailed as an inspiration to children suffering from bullying, has added another prestigious prize to his collection.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:23

Weston boss Marc McGregor has hailed the performance Tom Llewellyn in the Seagulls’ defeat at Welling United, after the teenage starlet marked his first league start with a stunning goal.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

Children as young as 12 have been caught running on the roof of a derelict factory and trespassing in the collapsing building.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:41

A six-year-old has raised more than £500 for a Wraxall charity with a sponsored hair cut.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:44

The following cases were heard at North Somerset Courthouse from October 4-16.

Read more
In The Dock

Most Read News

Read Online

Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather



max temp: 8°C

min temp: 0°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists