Residents and visitors to Burnham-on-Sea are being asked for the ideas, suggestions and comments on how the High Street could be improved. Within the Princess, the Library and the Tourist Information there are opinion boards where people can leave feedback via post-it notes with their thoughts about what they would like to see the High Street.
Back in 2019, the Government commissioned, as part of its Plan for the High Streets, a High Street Taskforce, which is an alliance of place-making experts. The Taskforce has been set up to strengthen local leadership in high streets and town centres by providing information, advice, training, knowledge and data helping people to make a positive difference to their local communities.
Burnham-on-Sea is one of Sedgemoor’s main towns, popular with both tourists due to its location, and residents. It benefits from well-established retail centre along the High Street and neighbouring areas. Like many others, Burnham on Sea’s high street has suffered immensely during the Covid-19 pandemic. A combination of changing consumer habits (from face to face to online), lower visitors’ numbers due to Covid-19 restrictions and general shift from retail to leisure and experience observed in the High Streets generally has put Burnham-on-Sea in a vulnerable position. The High Street Taskforce will be providing expert support to Burnham on Sea until 2024.
If you can’t get along in person, you can email the Economic Development Team via Kinga.Grabarczyk@somerset.gov.uk