February 5, 2007
Exclusive: Petition demands
urgent changes at derelict Highbridge chapel
petition signed by over 70 people demanding urgent improvements
to a derelict Highbridge church is to be handed to the town's
Mayor later today, Monday February 5th.
Old Gospel Centre chapel in Newtown Road has suffered years of
neglect since it became disused several years ago.
and doors have been smashed, vermin and drugs needles have been
seen inside, and vagrants are using it overnight, according to
residents say it is a "disaster waiting to happen" and
are calling for urgent improvements.
David Poole, Burnham and Highbridge's Second Deputy Mayor, has
met residents in recent days and organised a petition.
total of 72 people have signed it in just two weeks which clearly
shows the strength of feeling," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
building is derelict and unsafe. Its doors and windows have been
smashed and rubbish dumped inside. There are often drug needles
left inside and outside the building."
vagrants occasionally use it at night. Overall, its condition
is a disaster waiting to happen."
are demanding that action is taken to brick it up - or that a
compulsory purchase order be placed on it so that it can be redeveloped
as a community facility."
petition will be handed to the town's Mayor on Monday and Cllr
Poole wants pressure to be placed on Sedgemoor District Council
and Somerset County Council to address the problems.
been no 'will' at district or county level to get something done.
I'm hoping this petition will spur them into action."
chapel's windows and doors have all been smashed and vegetation
is starting to grow through the empty spaces.
Burnham-On-Sea.com visited the building with Cllr Poole, a used
drug needle was spotted in the undergrowth outside.
furniture, used tyres and electrical appliances litter the inside
of the derelict chapel.
residents fear the derelict Highbridge chapel poses a fire hazard
to homes in the vicinity.