21st May 2020 Extraordinary Town Improvements Minutes

Minutes of the extraordinary meeting held on Thursday 21st May 2020 at 7pm using video conferencing

Present: Cllr Nick Tolley (Chairman), Cllrs Janet Keen, Chris Allen, Dawn Carey, Peter Clayton, Rich Gardiner-White, Phil Harvey, Andy Hodge with Sam Winter (Town Clerk), and Lorna Williams (Deputy Clerk) in attendance.

One representative of the press & one non-committee councillor member was in attendance.

32/20/TIMP   Apologies

                        Cllrs Sue Barber, Mike Facey and Mike Murphy

33/20/TIMP    Declarations of Interest in items on this agenda & dispensations granted

It was NOTED that a dispensation to participate in discussions and to vote has been granted to Cllr Gardiner White in relation to high street and open spaces public safety in light of COVID19

                        Motions for note/resolution

34/20/TIMP    To receive a report from Cllr Rich Gardiner White and resolve how to proceed on action in relation to open spaces and high street public safety in light of COVID19.

The meeting considered the report and it was RESOLVED to form a working party action group made up of key stakeholders including Principle Council Officers, Councillors, representatives of businesses, traders to identify the important safety processes required to be put in place to help protect our residents and visitors.

35/20/TIMP    To resolve whether to apply for the temporary closure of the main traffic thoroughfare through Burnham High Street, between the former Job Centre at Regent Street and the Somerset & Dorset Pub at Abingdon Street, as a matter of urgency in order to enable the safe passage of pedestrians along the street, avoiding obstructions in the path, without being required to walk into a road open to traffic.

The meeting considered the changes required to allow for safe movement of people navigating the High Street, Market Street and open spaces and RESOLVED that the working party should look at this in more detail as part of the overall public safety considerations and to make suggestions to the relevant authorities.

36/20/TIMP    Date of Next meeting

It was noted that the next meeting of this committee will be held on Monday 13th July 2020 at 7pm (method to be confirmed).

The Chairman closed the meeting at 19:53

The Mayor Councillor Mike Facey said “It was with sadness that Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Town Council learnt of the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”

The flags in the towns of Burnham and Highbridge will be flown at half-mast during this time of national mourning.

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