June 15, 2011
fears for children seen playing in fire-hit Highbridge Hotel
concerns have been expressed about the safety of the fire-ravaged
Highbridge Hotel this week after children were seen playing inside.
district councillor Joe Leach told Burnham-On-Sea.com he is concerned
that youngsters may be injured playing in the crumbling building,
which is still clad in scaffolding since a huge fire in April
at the hotel is abysmal and it is a concern that children are
playing inside even though it remains in such a dangerous state,"
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.
"The property itself is secure, so no immediate work is
needed," he confirmed. "There has been some interest
in taking it on, even though the property market is still depressed.
One company has looked closely at it for mixed use, so I am hopeful
that a new owner will be 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 for two years since
the final market was held there in 2009.