New measures in case of more ice in Burnham

PUBLISHED: 10:02 31 January 2011

Icy weather badly disrupted Burnham and Highbridge over the New Year

Icy weather badly disrupted Burnham and Highbridge over the New Year


AFTER frozen conditions left parts of Burnham and Highbridge almost impassable over Christmas, the town council has agreed new actions in case of new icy weather.

The town council will be pressing Somerset County Council to include more roads in the towns to their salting network, while Sedgemoor District Council is intending to buy a mobile salt spreader for use on main routes.

Town council staff will also be liaising with the Burnham depot supervisor to make the best use of available manpower during extreme weather conditions to sweep ice and snow away in ‘strategic’ locations, such as Burnham’s High Street.

There will also be an extra four salt and grit bins provided in the town, bringing the number up to eight in total.

Town Clerk Eileen Shaw said: “Householders and traders should not be discouraged from acting as good citizens in clearing snow from pavements in front of their businesses and homes because of fears as to what their legal liability might be.

“If people use common sense and take reasonable care to see that they do not create a new and worse risk, they should have nothing to be afraid of.”

Residents are being asked to call the town clerk’s office on 01278 788088 to report any other areas of concern.

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