July 27, 2011
mounts on Highbridge Hotel boss to overhaul site
petition calling on Sedgemoor District Council to make safe the
fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel has been signed by hundreds of residents
in recent days as pressure mounts on the owner to improve the
petition was first launched online last month amid safety
fears at the site - and in recent days paper versions circulating
in Highbridge have been signed by over 300 people.
comes after hotel owner Derek Mead met Highbridge councillors
Chris Williams and Joe Leach plus senior officers from Sedgemoor
District Council in Bridgwater last week to discuss the crumbling
meeting was constructive and positive and there was a consensus
that improvements are needed but the exact details have still
to be worked on," a council spokeswoman told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
Residents Association members Tina Gray and Pat Farrow (pictured)
are among those collecting signatures.
Cllr Helen Groves told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "There are many
individuals pro-actively collecting signatures at present - and
the overwhelming response has been supportive of the need for
action and anger that no enforcement has been made."
"The views on what exactly should be done to address the
issue are somewhat more divided. Some want the hotel restored
or the facade preserved and some would like it to be knocked down
but not to enable the development of flats. Our target is over
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. While 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 action."
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.
your name to the petition here