June 17, 2011
petition calls for action on 'eyesore' Highbridge Hotel
petition calling on Sedgemoor District Council to make safe the
fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel has been launched this week.
of Burnham-On-Sea.com's discussion forums have launched the online
following our report earlier this week about safety
fears at the site.
The petition states: "We the undersigned demand that the
Executive Committee of Sedgemoor District Council takes action
to remedy the dangerous, unsightly and demoralising condition
of The Highbridge Hotel."
"Since the calamitous fire in April 2008, the site has lain
derelict and become an eyesore, a target for anti-social behaviour
and a danger to our children's safety and well-being. It also
threatens further the declining economic situation in Highbridge
and provides tourists entering the area with a deeply unsightly
introduction to the town."
we recognise that the developer has no intention of remedying
the site, and also that parts of the structure are Grade II listed
by English Heritage, we ask that the council apply its powers
under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act
1990 or the Building Act 1984 to take immediate and decisive remedial
"While not all residents agree on the future use of the
site or the building, we are all agreed that the current situation
must be addressed by our local representatives without undue further
councillors Joe Leach and Helen Groves are among the first people
to have added their signatures.
It comes after Burnham-On-Sea.com reported earlier this week on
Cllr Leach's concerns that youngsters may be injured in the building.
at the hotel is abysmal and it is a concern that children are
playing inside even though it remains in such a dangerous state,"
he said. "The
property is in a very fragile condition and security definitely
needs to be tightened up."
Owner Derek Mead recently told Burnham-On-Sea.com there are no
plans to renovate the building further in the short-term before
a new owner is found.
Highbridge Hotel has been derelict following 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.
your name to the petition here