Setback for £250k Highbridge arts project as bid for
cash is rejected
A bid for £250,000 of European funding to transform part
of Highbridge town centre into an 'arts quarter' has been turned
down, it was announced this week.
councillor Phil Harvey, supported by Cllr Joe Leach, had worked
with Sedgemoor District Council to submit the outline bid for
funding from the European Regional Development Fund.
first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, the proposals would see
a dozen boarded-up shops along Market Street being transformed
into workshops, studios and retail outlets to be used by artists
and crafts people.
Cllr Harvey said this week that the bid for European Regional
Development Funding has been unsuccessful, although a second bid
Harvey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am obviously disappointed
at this outcome but, given that we only had a week to put together
a bid, I am not too surprised."
would like to pay tribute to the work of the Sedgemoor's officers,
especially to Daniel Newman in Economic Development, who has put
in every effort to help us."
this is a setback, since I first floated the idea of an Arts Quarter
in Highbridge we have seen an upsurge in interest in the regeneration
of the area with local people thinking positively about what can
hope we can develop ideas in the next few months and that a bid
can be made to the Coastal Community Fund in January next year
- as has always been our intention."