plans unveiled for new screening outside Highbridge Hotel
A community group is being sought to decorate the new screening
that has been installed over the past week at the front of the
fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel.
pressure from local residents and councillors, hotel owner Derek
Mead has introduced the wooden hoarding to help tidy up the site
and screen part of the building from passing motorists.
councillor Joe Leach told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This is an
improvement, but we'd like to see the hoarding decorated to help
take the eye away from the building and, hopefully, make the hoarding
less prone to vandalism and fly posting."
are underway with several local groups to get the screening painted
with a local theme."
comments come after one local holiday park placed a large advertisement
banner on the hoarding over the Bank Holiday weekend, raising
concerns that it would encourage fly-posting and vandalism.
Helen Groves added: "I am very pleased to see this small
effort has been made to improve the appearance and security of
the site and would of course welcome the involvement of community
groups to improve the appearance of the hoardings in the short
would hope in return for such community goodwill that Mr Mead
would make a suitable donation to the groups involved and both
he and SDC will recognise the importance and urgency of the need
for a resolution which is in the interest of Highbridge."
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.
Pictured: Top, how the front of the Highbridge Hotel looks
now and, above, how it looked before the work