THE temporary pedestrianisation of Burnham-on-Sea town centre has been removed after being in place for more than a month.

The measures were introduced in Burnham town centre in July after the Government relaxed strict lockdown measures which had been put in place when the coronavirus pandemic hit the UK in March.

Burnham High Street was closed under the scheme and there were one way systems in place on a number of streets in the town including Chapel Street and Cross Street.

But at a Burnham and Highbridge Town Council meeting on August 18 councillors decided to remove the measures on September 6 after a long discussion. Councillors considered whether visitors numbers would be low enough after the Bank Holiday on August 31 to allow social distancing to be implemented safely on the High Street.

The council said they were also mindful that keeping the measures in place might hinder the economic recovery of High Street businesses.

Sam Winter, town clerk for Burnham and Highbridge Town Council, said: "Hand sanitiser stations will remain in place along Burnham High Street, as will signage advising people to maintain social distancing.

"The footfall numbers will be monitored to ascertain if any future measures are required."