March 24, 2011
look at design of Highbridge's proposed four-sided town clock
£14,000 four-sided clock has this week emerged as the front-runner
to replace Highbridge's crumbling landmark.
Members of Burnham and Highbridge Town Council's Town Improvements
Committee took a first look at the design of the proposed clock
at their meeting on Wednesday evening (March 23rd).
It is one of two designs being considered to replace the existing
three-faced clock in Highbridge's Jubilee Gardens in time for
next year's Queen's Jubilee.
Cllr Phoebe Harling, who chairs the council's Town Improvements
Committee, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "No final decisions have
yet been made, but we like this design, which is one of two being
"Four clock faces, rather than three, are considered to
be best because there are now four roads leading off the Highbridge
roundabout as opposed to the three when the original three-faced
clock was built."
clock will cost in the region of £14,000, but additional
fees for a Georgian-style lighting column plus surrounding ground
work will increase the final bill to around £20,000.
reported last year that Raglan Homes, which is building a new
development of houses next to the town's Asda store, has pledged
to give around £10,000 of community funding towards the
Acting Town Council Clerk Denise Emery told Wednesday's meeting
that she is seeking confirmation of how much funding will be available.
Highbridge town councillor Pat Burge said she likes the proposed
design: "To me, it looks very close to the original even
though it has the extra fourth face. I think it would look good
current town clock - known as the 'three-faced liar' because its
faces rarely tell the same time - is crumbling and needs to be
has a long history, having been built by Rainforths of Bridgwater
and unveiled at Highbridge's Cornhill by the junction of Church
Street and Market Street in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria's
original clock was replaced in 1965, a year after a lorry demolished
it and the current one was re-sited in 1972 in the gardens.
Town Council wants the new clock to be in place for next year's
Queen's Jubilee and Cllr Neville Jones told Wednesday's meeting
that there is now "some urgency" about getting the final
design and order completed.