May 5, 2009
Dems express 'outrage' at £100m Highbridge
Liberal Democrats this week expressed their "utter outrage"
this week after it emerged that plans for a £100million
re-development of the town were nothing more than an 'idea'.
was first to report last
month how district councillor Paul Herbert and bosses from
Property Link had unveiled extensive regeneration plans at a town
Highbridge councillor Joe Leach, who is leader of Sedgemoor's
Liberal Democrats, questioned the motives behind the scheme at
a meeting of district councillors, where it emerged that the proposals
were in fact just an "idea" rather than a firm proposal.
Leach told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The people of Highbridge
are eager for realistic development that will restore the town
they all loved and remember. This is raising people's hopes, just
to be dashed again. They deserve better."
Tessa Munt, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate, added: "I'm
stunned and appalled to discover that the "£100m project"
is nothing more than a pipedream. I think it's disgraceful that
such an announcement, heralded as the answer to Highbridge's problems,
should turn out to be an empty and cynical bit of electioneering."
Munt and Cllr Joe Leach standing outside Highbridge boat yard,
where a hotel and leisure complex were being proposed