February 14, 2011
Highbridge amusement arcade plans win approval
Controversial plans to turn a tattoo shop into a new gambling
arcade in Highbridge town centre have been approved by Sedgemoor
District Council this week - but its opening hours will be restricted.
As first reported by
Burnham-On-Sea.com in January, local
businessman Mike Childs wants to convert Highbridge Ink in Market
Street into a fruit machine and gaming arcade.
application for a
change of business use for the premises at 2 Market Street
has this week been granted, subject to several conditions.
These include the opening hours being limited to 9am to 6pm on
Mondays to Saturdays and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.
Steve Atkinson from Sedgemoor District Council says the restricted
opening hours have been put in place "to safeguard local
residents from noise and disturbance during unsocial hours."
Tina Gray, Vice
Chairman of Highbridge Residents Association, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"I fully understand that by law Sedgemoor could not refuse
this application, so we welcome the restricted opening hours which
are the next best thing to rejecting the plans."
have actually done a good job in carefully assessing the situation
and looking at the residents feelings and acting fairly for all."
Joe Leach told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am pleased that the
District Council have restricted the arcade, although of course
disappointed it was permitted. I am fully aware that there were
no real reasons to reject this application, but it does not stop
the feeling of concern held by many that this could be another
poor addition for Highbridge, so I think we will be watching carefully
for the licensing application when it arrives to ensure that disturbance
is kept to a minimum and that our children are kept safe."