Pedestrians are ‘no longer the priority’

PUBLISHED: 10:00 18 June 2016

Bikes will be loved in Burnham.

Bikes will be loved in Burnham.

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A Burnham resident has expressed her concerns about the safety of the town’s Esplanade and has insisted it is an ‘accident waiting to happen’.

Sylvia Young has challenged Burnham and Highbridge Town Council to fund improvements to the path.

She said: “Some of the signs have been taking down on the Esplanade and there are cyclists using it which have no bells and give no warning.

“It is an accident waiting to happen and it seems pedestrians have no priority anywhere any longer.

“I wonder if local councils have decided to turn a blind eye to contraventions, possibly due to lack of manpower and finance.

“The definition of an Esplanade is a long, level area for walking, especially by the sea.

“I would like an answer to this as soon as possible.”

Councillor Andy Brewer responded to Ms Young’s concerns and said he would inform her of any updates on the situation.

Sedgemoor District Council has said cycling is not allowed. The warning says: “Cycling is strictly prohibited along the Esplanade. Offenders risk prosecution.”

The district council has also installed new heart-shaped cycle hoops on the site for cyclists to leave their bikes before walking along the Esplanade.

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