Hovercraft station eyes expansion

PUBLISHED: 13:30 04 June 2014

Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) out in action (credit: burnham-on-sea.com)

Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) out in action (credit: burnham-on-sea.com)


BURNHAM's hovercraft station could soon be expanded - with new training facilities added - under upcoming proposals.

A planning application is yet to be submitted to Sedgemoor District Council as talks are still ongoing over the project, but it is hoped that it will be finalised in the near future.

Council chairman councillor Peter Downing was the special guest at the Burnham Area 
Rescue Boat (BARB) annual general meeting on Friday, where volunteer crews were praised for their work during the year, particularly with flood relief on the Somerset levels.

BARB chairman Mark 
Newman revealed the plans to the 40-strong crowd at Burnham Town Council Chambers, 
and thanked the charity’s 
numerous volunteers for their ‘hugely-appreciated support’ in helping it meet its £30,000 annual running costs.

Prince Edward will visit the hovercraft station to hear about the team’s work during the 
Somerset floods on June 9, 
meeting crewmembers and inspecting the two hovercraft which currently operate from 

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