March 22, 2011
of Highbridge school could be delayed by bat colony
The demolition of Highbridges Beechfield School could
be delayed by the possible discovery of a colony of bats in the
roof of the building.
Wildlife experts have been called in by Somerset County Council
this week to investigate whether the animals are nesting in the
roof of the former school in Burnham Road, pictured here .
Council spokeswoman Jan Hookings confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"There is evidence that bats may be roosting there following
the discovery of droppings in the building."
"An ecologist is on site this week to establish how many
are there. If they are roosting there, we may have to re-house
She said demolition work is scheduled to begin on March 28th
but is dependent on the issue being resolved.
The school closed last year, as Burnham-On-Sea.com
reported here, when Beechfield and St Johns Schools
merged to form Churchfield.