Play area on way at last

A FORMER landfill site in Burnham could soon become a park after delays of more than 15 years. A planning application for the development was submitted to Sedgemoor District Council last week. It included areas for trees and shrubs, seating, dog and litt

A FORMER landfill site in Burnham could soon become a park after delays of more than 15 years. A planning application for the development was submitted to Sedgemoor District Council last week. It included areas for trees and shrubs, seating, dog and litter bins, a cycleway and jogging track, a children's play zone, ball court and grassed areas.Councillor Bob Filmer, who has been involved in the application for over eight years, said: "The £240,000 proposal is for a new recreational site. A survey of residents highlighted there was a demand for a village green type area rather than a sports building."The former tip in the centre of the Rosewood Farm Estate, off Worston Lane, had to be left untouched after it closed in the 1980s, to allow for the waste to rot and gases such as methane to be released. Pipes were installed to release the gas.Cllr Filmer said: "We are now in a position to put the application in and hopefully the development will be complete by 2008. The ground will have to have top soil put on to cap it off, and then work can begin on the recreation ground."As part of Government regulations, each developer who built houses around the site, including Persimmon and Bloor, had to put money aside for green areas. Instead of having lots of smaller parks, Sedgemoor District Council, which owns the land, decided to pool the money and build a big facility in the middle of the estate. There will be a public consultation on the application and members of Burnham Without Parish Council and Burnham and Highbridge Town Council will be able to make recommendations before the final decision is made by Sedgemoor. Cllr Filmer added: "It's been so frustrating having to play the waiting game, but it will be a worthwhile end result.


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