£50k grant hopes for Burnham and Dengie to boost tourism

Maldon and Burnham Standard: £50k grant hopes for Burnham and Dengie to boost tourism £50k grant hopes for Burnham and Dengie to boost tourism

Maldon District Council hopes to spend more than £50,000 in Burnham and the Dengie to boost tourism and trade.

The council has applied for the grant, which will be spent purely on the Dengie communities, to mitigate the loss of jobs from Bradwell Power Station, which is currently undergoing decommissioning.

It is hoped that the grant from the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) will be used to encourage short stay visitors and promote Burnham as an access point to Wallasea Island.

Local traders and businesspeople welcomed the plans.

Fiona Clegg, who organises Burnham’s Festive Fayre and the town’s Quay Day, said tourism would be Burnham’s “only salvation” once the nuclear power plant cuts the majority of employment next year.

See this week's Standard for the full story.

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11:32am Wed 7 May 14

El Presendente says...

£50k whilst a nice starter, is loose change for (if I read right) the whole of the Dengie compared to the obscene amount of money MDC must have lavished at the Promenade Park in recent years.

Burnham Town Council really need to push for the quayside area around the country park to be tidied-up including regular weeding & grass cutting, the paths need repairs up to and including along the marina area and finally the area of beach could do with a top-up of sand. The amount of dog fowling needs to to tackled too at times.

Also BTC should think about re-opening what once was the Millfields caravan site that's remained dormant for years to attract visiting tourists + allow people attending Burnham week somewhere to stay closer to the town center with easy access to the river and when completed the nature reserve on Wallersea Island. This alone 'could' bring in much needed revenue, that 'if' managed right could pay for any upkeep/maintenance.

Better promotion and regular website updates wouldn't go amiss either, Burnhams 'unique' selling point unlike Maldon is that you can sail at all states of the tide, this needs to be promoted better. I realise these are 'austere' times, however some cutbacks can be a step too far when you consider the amount of people who visit Burnham annually.
£50k whilst a nice starter, is loose change for (if I read right) the whole of the Dengie compared to the obscene amount of money MDC must have lavished at the Promenade Park in recent years. Burnham Town Council really need to push for the quayside area around the country park to be tidied-up including regular weeding & grass cutting, the paths need repairs up to and including along the marina area and finally the area of beach could do with a top-up of sand. The amount of dog fowling needs to to tackled too at times. Also BTC should think about re-opening what once was the Millfields caravan site that's remained dormant for years to attract visiting tourists + allow people attending Burnham week somewhere to stay closer to the town center with easy access to the river and when completed the nature reserve on Wallersea Island. This alone 'could' bring in much needed revenue, that 'if' managed right could pay for any upkeep/maintenance. Better promotion and regular website updates wouldn't go amiss either, Burnhams 'unique' selling point unlike Maldon is that you can sail at all states of the tide, this needs to be promoted better. I realise these are 'austere' times, however some cutbacks can be a step too far when you consider the amount of people who visit Burnham annually. El Presendente
  • Score: 2

9:35am Thu 8 May 14

Hawthorne says...

El Presendente wrote:
£50k whilst a nice starter, is loose change for (if I read right) the whole of the Dengie compared to the obscene amount of money MDC must have lavished at the Promenade Park in recent years.

Burnham Town Council really need to push for the quayside area around the country park to be tidied-up including regular weeding & grass cutting, the paths need repairs up to and including along the marina area and finally the area of beach could do with a top-up of sand. The amount of dog fowling needs to to tackled too at times.

Also BTC should think about re-opening what once was the Millfields caravan site that's remained dormant for years to attract visiting tourists + allow people attending Burnham week somewhere to stay closer to the town center with easy access to the river and when completed the nature reserve on Wallersea Island. This alone 'could' bring in much needed revenue, that 'if' managed right could pay for any upkeep/maintenance.

Better promotion and regular website updates wouldn't go amiss either, Burnhams 'unique' selling point unlike Maldon is that you can sail at all states of the tide, this needs to be promoted better. I realise these are 'austere' times, however some cutbacks can be a step too far when you consider the amount of people who visit Burnham annually.
50k sounds like a lot of money to some people, but I agree it's a pitiful amount when you consider the scale of the issues you describe. How a member of the public would spend 50k on a project is vastly more efficient than if a council spend it. Sadly, we'll be lucky to get a couple of brown roadsigns once consultants, tendering, work parties and mangers are involved.
[quote][p][bold]El Presendente[/bold] wrote: £50k whilst a nice starter, is loose change for (if I read right) the whole of the Dengie compared to the obscene amount of money MDC must have lavished at the Promenade Park in recent years. Burnham Town Council really need to push for the quayside area around the country park to be tidied-up including regular weeding & grass cutting, the paths need repairs up to and including along the marina area and finally the area of beach could do with a top-up of sand. The amount of dog fowling needs to to tackled too at times. Also BTC should think about re-opening what once was the Millfields caravan site that's remained dormant for years to attract visiting tourists + allow people attending Burnham week somewhere to stay closer to the town center with easy access to the river and when completed the nature reserve on Wallersea Island. This alone 'could' bring in much needed revenue, that 'if' managed right could pay for any upkeep/maintenance. Better promotion and regular website updates wouldn't go amiss either, Burnhams 'unique' selling point unlike Maldon is that you can sail at all states of the tide, this needs to be promoted better. I realise these are 'austere' times, however some cutbacks can be a step too far when you consider the amount of people who visit Burnham annually.[/p][/quote]50k sounds like a lot of money to some people, but I agree it's a pitiful amount when you consider the scale of the issues you describe. How a member of the public would spend 50k on a project is vastly more efficient than if a council spend it. Sadly, we'll be lucky to get a couple of brown roadsigns once consultants, tendering, work parties and mangers are involved. Hawthorne
  • Score: 1

11:02am Sat 10 May 14

Treeman1963 says...

Hawthorne wrote:
El Presendente wrote:
£50k whilst a nice starter, is loose change for (if I read right) the whole of the Dengie compared to the obscene amount of money MDC must have lavished at the Promenade Park in recent years.

Burnham Town Council really need to push for the quayside area around the country park to be tidied-up including regular weeding & grass cutting, the paths need repairs up to and including along the marina area and finally the area of beach could do with a top-up of sand. The amount of dog fowling needs to to tackled too at times.

Also BTC should think about re-opening what once was the Millfields caravan site that's remained dormant for years to attract visiting tourists + allow people attending Burnham week somewhere to stay closer to the town center with easy access to the river and when completed the nature reserve on Wallersea Island. This alone 'could' bring in much needed revenue, that 'if' managed right could pay for any upkeep/maintenance.

Better promotion and regular website updates wouldn't go amiss either, Burnhams 'unique' selling point unlike Maldon is that you can sail at all states of the tide, this needs to be promoted better. I realise these are 'austere' times, however some cutbacks can be a step too far when you consider the amount of people who visit Burnham annually.
50k sounds like a lot of money to some people, but I agree it's a pitiful amount when you consider the scale of the issues you describe. How a member of the public would spend 50k on a project is vastly more efficient than if a council spend it. Sadly, we'll be lucky to get a couple of brown roadsigns once consultants, tendering, work parties and mangers are involved.
Gotta love privatisation of public services, eh?

£50k gets spent before a man picks up a tool.
[quote][p][bold]Hawthorne[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]El Presendente[/bold] wrote: £50k whilst a nice starter, is loose change for (if I read right) the whole of the Dengie compared to the obscene amount of money MDC must have lavished at the Promenade Park in recent years. Burnham Town Council really need to push for the quayside area around the country park to be tidied-up including regular weeding & grass cutting, the paths need repairs up to and including along the marina area and finally the area of beach could do with a top-up of sand. The amount of dog fowling needs to to tackled too at times. Also BTC should think about re-opening what once was the Millfields caravan site that's remained dormant for years to attract visiting tourists + allow people attending Burnham week somewhere to stay closer to the town center with easy access to the river and when completed the nature reserve on Wallersea Island. This alone 'could' bring in much needed revenue, that 'if' managed right could pay for any upkeep/maintenance. Better promotion and regular website updates wouldn't go amiss either, Burnhams 'unique' selling point unlike Maldon is that you can sail at all states of the tide, this needs to be promoted better. I realise these are 'austere' times, however some cutbacks can be a step too far when you consider the amount of people who visit Burnham annually.[/p][/quote]50k sounds like a lot of money to some people, but I agree it's a pitiful amount when you consider the scale of the issues you describe. How a member of the public would spend 50k on a project is vastly more efficient than if a council spend it. Sadly, we'll be lucky to get a couple of brown roadsigns once consultants, tendering, work parties and mangers are involved.[/p][/quote]Gotta love privatisation of public services, eh? £50k gets spent before a man picks up a tool. Treeman1963
  • Score: 1

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