Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council


Town Council calls for high street safety ahead of shops opening

Town Council calls for high street safety ahead of shops opening

The Town Council’s Town Improvements Committee met last week to consider a matter raised by Cllr Gardiner White about the relaxation of movement restrictions and the impact on pedestrian safety in our towns and open spaces.

Over recent weeks, the Council has been in contact with the Police, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset County Council Highways and our Member of Parliament about the growing number of people using the high streets and open spaces. Local Police patrols have been increased and Police are speaking with people on the street about how they can reduce risk when out and about. The Town Council accepts that the Police have faced a real challenge in recent weeks when addressing any breaches of Government guidance and social distancing, particularly as people have adjusted to the Government’s increasing number of reasonable excuses to be out.

The Government has announced a £50m grant fund for local Councils to help high streets and public spaces reopen safely. Although the Town Council is not the authority with responsibility for highways or large public open spaces, and the parish sector will not receive any of this Government funding in any case, the Town Improvements Committee agreed it is still able to take a pro-active role to drive the grass roots changes needed to make our towns safer and allow safe movement of people navigating our high street and open space facilities.

The committee will this week lead initial conversations with key groups, including county and district councils, residents and traders, along with their representative bodies, to identify the important safety processes required to be put in place to help protect our residents and visitors.

If you represent a business, local holiday park or community group affected by the re-opening of the high street and open spaces and you want to get involved then email your contact details to info@burnham-highbridge-tc.gov.uk

If you live on or near the high streets and open spaces and you want to comment, then please contact your ward councillor so that they can represent your position. All councillor contact details are available on request from the Town Council by calling 01278 788088 or via the website here: https://burnham-highbridge-tc.gov.uk/your-council/meet-the-councillors

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Grant Application Kings Coronation Form

The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

– The event will be open to all members of the public

– The event will be free of charge

– The event will take place within the Coronation weekend

– The event will take place within Burnham on Sea or Highbridge


Applications will close on Monday 6th March at midday. 

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Applications will be considered at the Finance and Resources Committee Meeting on Monday 13th March 2023. You will be notified after this date whether your application has been successful.
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