New 'Fight for Highbridge' campaign group is launched by residents
new campaign group seeking a brighter future for Highbridge has
been formed by concerned residents this week.
to the ongoing blight of the former Highbridge
Hotel site, the recent demolition
of the iconic FF&F building, and Sedgemoor District Council
granting outline planning consent for further
high-density housing, residents are expressing their frustration
and wish to turn things around for the town.
non-political group, called Fight For Highbridge, is dedicated
to seeking positive new developments for the area and to ensuring
the voices of Highbridge residents are heard at the highest levels.
spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com that the group has gained over
200 members within just hours of being formed and support was
also expressed on Burnham-On-Sea.com's forum, including from former
residents who expressed their shock and dismay at the town's decline.
spokesperson for the group told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "As Sedgemoor
District Council doesn't appear to have aspirations or a vision
for Highbridge, we need to find one ourselves."
is certainly early days for the group, and there is no doubt we
face a daunting task in facing up to the complexities of the planning
system and the indifference of our local district council - but,
for the first time, it feels possible because local residents
are taking these matters into their own hands and have a genuine
wish to see change for the better here."
group is on Facebook and can be reached via email here.
Top, The site of Highbridge's Canal House which was demolished
last week and, above, the Highbridge Hotel