July 6, 2011
of 'eyesore' Highbridge Hotel to attend crucial meeting
crucial meeting is set to be held later this month when the future
of the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel could finally become clearer.
building's owner, Derek Mead, (pictured) has agreed to meet Highbridge
councillors Chris Williams, Mike Mansfield and Joe Leach, along
with senior officers from Sedgemoor District Council, in Bridgwater
on Tuesday July 19th to discuss his plans for the crumbling building.
will be a very important meeting that could shape the future of
the site and pave the way for its development," Cllr Joe
Leach told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week.
will be telling Mr Mead that we want him to fully consult with
the community of Highbridge over any development plans."
very important that the people of this town get their say on whether
it's knocked down, preserved or developed."
Chris Williams added: "In its current condition it is an
exceedingly unattractive entry to Highbridge. Its deterioration,
safety and appearance have already been discussed with SDC's senior
management team and we intend to discuss these with Mr Mead on
Mike Mansfield added: "The future of the building is solely
up to its owner. We need to get him to move on the re-development
which will be difficult."
Cllr Helen Groves said this week she welcomes the meeting, and
added: "There is a lot of sentiment about this building among
local people. Residents must be consulted on its future."
Cllr Kate Lawson said during Monday's town council meeting: "Derek
Mead needs pressure put on him - it's not a quick fix we are seeking
but one that achieves the right long-term solution."
Highbridge Hotel has been derelict since a huge
blaze in April 2008. The cattle market site at the
rear of the building has also not been used since the final market
was held there in 2009.
recently reported that several users of Burnham-On-Sea.com's discussion
forums had launched an online petition here
calling for action.
hotel was recently named the county's biggest eyesore by listeners
of BBC Radio Somerset during a vote.
your name to the Highbridge Hotel petition here