Mayor issues 2005 Christmas message
Mayor, Cllr Eric Gill, has issued his annual Christmas message
for residents in the town. He reviews the highlights of the year
in the town and looks forward to 2006...
this time of year it seems to be the vogue to look back and remember
the highs (and lows) of preceding months. There have certainly
been some 'highs' in my estimation - the Frank Foley Statue in
Highbridge (a magnificent memorial), the Esplanade Lighting, the
Marine Cove developments - and even some extra parking spaces!"
focus is for the future, however, and I would rather look ahead
and dedicate our efforts to putting Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
even more on the tourist map, to encourage more short and long-term
visitors, and yet always to remember that the people who really
do matter are those who live and work in our towns."
am firmly of the belief that we live in a marvellous part of the
world and I am resolved to try and maintain and enhance it for
all. There are so many schemes for redevelopment and enhancement
in the pipeline which will unfold in the not too distant future
and I think it is fair to say that Burnham and Highbridge are
on the up."
large part of what makes the place special is its community spirit
- yes, I know we have a few wingers and moaners - the 'can't do's'
- for whom noting can ever be right but on the other hand we have,
and much more importantly, the majority - the 'can do's'. I am
impressed by the huge army of volunteers from all walks of life
who make enormous efforts to improve life for others. I salute
are blesssed with so many - just look at the list of the clubs,
societies etc in the residents guide - but I would specially commend
all those who work with and on behalf of our young people - the
seedcorn of our future."
am inordinately proud and privileged to be your Mayor and my wife
and I wish each and everyone of you a very happy Christmas. We
hope that 2006 will be a very good year for us all."