December 9, 2010
Future of Highbridge Community Hall secured with new lease
Users of a popular community hall in Highbridge have a good
reason to smile this week after a deal was struck with Sedgemoor
District Council for a new five year lease for the building.
Sedgemoor Community Partnership, which oversees Morland Community
Hall in Pearce Drive, announced the good news about the deal during
The district council has granted the group a five-year lease
for the community buildings - in turn securing
a home for the many groups who use the hall including
Community Youth Club, Highbridge Dog Training Club, Family Connections,
Highbridge Dreamscheme, Highbridge Local Action Team, Homes in
Sedgemoor and Slimming World.
Chairman Richard Mathews, pictured right, confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We have received official notification from Sedgemoor District
Council of their agreement to grant us a further five-year lease
for the use of Morland Community Hall. This is great news for
the many people and groups who use the hall."
He added that the SDC have also confirmed that should a controversial
multi-million development project go ahead at the site, as first
reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com in
February, the construction of a new Community Hall on land
to the northeast side of the existing site will be written in
as an 'Option Agreement' into the lease.
He added: "Should the option exercised, then SDC will grant
a new lease to Sedgemoor Community Partnership in respect of the
new Community Hall once it is constructed and ready for 'fit for
Among those at the AGM to hear the good news was Sedgemoor Community
Partnership President Neville Jones, Trustee Chris Williams, Sedgemoor
Community Partnership Chairman Richard Mathews, Highbridge Youth
Club Manager Jason Adams and Debs Richardson from The Engine Room.
Jason told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's great news that a lease
has been agreed. The Youth Club is now looking forward to the
future - we have some exciting plans for the year ahead."
reported earlier this year that developers Helmglade and Property
Link wanted to build up to 60 houses and a 90 bed nursing home
as part of a new £6million development on the Morland Industrial
Estate, which in turn raised concerns about the future of Morland
Community Hall and its groups.
Pictured top are Sedgemoor Community Partnership President
Neville Jones, Trustee Chris Williams, Chairman Richard Mathews,
Highbridge Youth Club Manager Jason Adams and Debs Richardson
from The Engine Room