meeting announced to discuss future of Highbridge Hotel site
in Highbridge will be given the opportunity to have their say
on the future development of the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel,
it was announced this week.
A public 'workshop' is to be held next month when residents will
be given a chance to influence what kind of development and facilities
are introduced at the site.
Sedgemoor District Council spokesman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com
on Wednesday (September 7th): "Representatives from Sedgemoor
District Council, Mead Realisations and Burnham and Highbridge
Town Council will be in attendance and the session will include
a presentation with background information on the site and the
opportunity for residents to ask questions and put forward their
own ideas for the redevelopment of the site."
She added: "We are working with Mead Realisations, Burnham
and Highbridge Town Council and local community groups on both
the short and long term future of Highbridge Hotel and Market
Mead, the owner of the site, recently erected hoarding to the
front of the Hotel to help improve the look and security of the
site and plans are currently taking shape for an arts project
which will see the hoarding decorated with a mural painted by
local children and community groups, including the Highbridge
Dreamscheme and Highbridge Residents Association."
She added: "It is hoped that the project will, in the short
term, improve the look of the site which stands at the entrance
to the town and encourage local residents to come forward with
ideas as to how the site could be re-developed in future for the
benefit of the Town."
"Sedgemoor District Council continues to work with Mead
Realisations on the long term re-development of the site with
both parties remaining committed to finding a workable solution
for the site which will enhance the Town and complement the existing
facilities within Highbridge."
The news was welcomed by councillors in Highbridge. Cllr Helen
Groves told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am delighted to see both
Mr Mead and SDC are working with a spirit of co-operation with
the Highbridge community and have taken onboard the importance
of a public meeting."
meeting is a real chance for Highbridge to make itself heard and
it is my sincere hope that those who attend will make the best
of the opportunity to secure a positive long term future for this
key site. I am very pleased to note the willingness of SDC to
make all pertinent information available to the public prior to
any final decision being made."
And Cllr Joe Leach told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I'd just like
to say, things are progressing. I am pleased with the progress
that has been made, and I am glad that people will have their
say on the future of this site and the town as a whole."
"It's been long overdue, but I think things look promising
and I hope as many people as possible will give their positive
input to making this very important site the best feature of Highbridge
when it's done."
The date and venue of the meeting is still be considered and
will appear on Burnham-On-Sea.com as soon as it is confirmed.
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: The current Highbridge Hotel site, Derek Mead, and
the 2008 fire