years on, fire-hit Highbridge Hotel remains an eyesore
and councillors have this week stepped up their calls for work
to begin on developing the former Highbridge Hotel site - exactly
two years after a huge fire swept through the property.
remains of the once-proud landmark at the entrance to the town
remain clad in scaffolding with no immediate sign of renovation
work starting, two years after fire
crews battled for several hours to bring a huge blaze under
control on April 22nd, 2008.
Mead, the owner of the property, said the project to develop the
site has been affected by the recession.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Wednesday: "The whole development
has been on the backburner due to the state of the economy."
never thought it would take this much time, but we need customers
and stakeholders for the site before we can start the development
have had interest from a nursing home provider, a food retailer
and have approached a hotel chain but none have followed through."
still like to turn the building into a modern 14 bedroom hotel
with community facilities at one end, but I cannot control the
County Councillor John Woodman (pictured top) told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Hopefully with the end of the recession, we will soon see
the development going ahead."
is a key site for Highbridge and it's a huge shame that the work
to overhaul it has been delayed for so long. The sooner it starts,
the better is the view of many people in Highbridge."
huge blaze in April 2008 swept through the building
crews have been called to the hotel twice in recent days