May 18, 2011
Concerts group hit by town council grant funding cut
councillors have controversially decided to withhold grant funding
from a popular local group which organises a series of free outdoor
concerts - because they say it does not hold enough events in
(the Burnham and Highbridge Cultural Arts and Development Society)
organises a series of outdoor musical events each year, such as
this month's Party
In The Park (pictured right).
has this month applied to the Town Council for its grant funding
to lay on the regular events - however councillors on the Policy
and Finance Committee decided that because no event has been held
in Highbridge during recent years it will only be allocated half
the grant funding.
council is giving just £650 to CADS instead of the full
£1,350 requested with the remaining amount to be paid when
a Highbridge event is organised.
town council spokesman explained to Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Concern
was expressed that whilst grants had been provided to CADS in
previous years to offer three events in Burnham and one in Highbridge,
the Highbridge event has not materialised."
reasons put forward by CADS - poor support and difficult in finding
an appropriate venue - were noted but nevertheless there was clearly
an issue for the Town Council in allocating public funds to an
event that was not delivered."
CADS Chairman Mike Murphy told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We hope to hold two events in Highbridge this year - one in June and another in August. We hold several free events a year for
the benefit of people in both Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge."
next CADS event is scheduled to take place on June 12th with Jazz
and Swing in the Park, followed on July 10th by Picnic In the
Park - both of which are due to take place in Burnham's Manor