“WE need to spruce up Burnham-on-Sea Esplanade”.

That is the view of Burnham Linda Britton who said more needs to be done to clean up the town’s esplanade and make it attractive to tourists

Linda, who has lived in Burnham for 30 years, said she has seen a “dramatic change” in the town’s worsening appearance and said she thinks there needs to be more attractions held on Burnham beach.

Linda said: “I moved to Burnham 30 years ago and raised my children here, there used to be a train and lots of activities on the beach but there are none now.

"In Minehead, they have a big Ferris wheel, mini golf and activities going on through the day, I think Burnham needs to have something, too.”

Linda said she regularly walks down Burnham Esplanade and says it looks “sad and uncared for.”

She said: “The flower beds along the Esplanade look terrible, there are no flowers in them. The benches are all rusty and the paint is peeling off a lot of them.

"The paths are dirty and I have seen rubbish stacked in piles around bins or just left on the floor.”

A spokesman for Sedgemoor District Council has responded to Linda’s criticism.

The spokesman said: “The Esplanade is litter picked and bins are emptied once a day (more frequently in the summer season, depending on numbers on the beach/weather etc).

“The beds will be planted up with the summer bedding plants at the end of May, after all risk of frost has gone. Although it may be warm and sunny now, there have been cold weather in previous years, which has damaged the tender plants.

“We advertise beach concessions for entertainment/food but obviously this is market-led. We do grant fund activities if grants are applied for.”

A spokesman for Burnham and Highbridge Town Council said the seafront is managed by Sedgemoor District Council and the council has no power to change anything without their approval.

The town council is working with the district council to put in a bid for a grant to fund a new project on the town’s esplanade.