Published: November 4, 2008
work could begin at fire-hit Highbridge Hotel 'within days'
work to renovate the fire-hit former Highbridge Hotel looks set
to begin shortly following a meeting between its owner and regeneration
Mead (pictured right) met with Sedgemoor District Council's Corporate
Director Doug Bamsey and members of the regeneration partnership
last week where he said his successful insurance claim now makes
the renovation work possible.
Bamsey told a town council meeting on Monday evening (November
3rd) that a "very positive" meeting had been held with
Mr Mead. "Our officers had a close look at the building and
Mr Mead told us that now his insurance claim has been completed,
building work can begin soon."
are already being obtained for scaffolding and a temporary roof
to allow the work to start within days or a few weeks," added
Mr Bamsey. "We hope the work will started as soon as possible."
property was left in an unstable condition following a huge
April (pictured below) and has been boarded up ever since.
clerk Eileen Shaw said councillors and nearby residents are concerned
about the "unsightly" state of the building, which has
been blighted by "fly posting and large amounts of rubbish."
Cllr Chris Williams added: "The whole site badly needs clearing
Bamsey said he would take up the concerns with Mr Mead to see
whether a quick solution could be found to improve the appearance.
Councillor Rosemary Parsons, who is Chairman of the Regeneration
Partnership, said: "It was a very postive meeting and it's
emerged that there are many parties interested in the site."
Mead told Burnham-On-Sea.com in September
that he wants to restore the listed building to its former glory.