Published: June 28, 2012
New 'Fight for Highbridge' campaign group is launched by residents

A new campaign group seeking a brighter future for Highbridge has been formed by concerned residents this week.

Responding 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.

The 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.

A spokesman told that the group has gained over 200 members within just hours of being formed and support was also expressed on's forum, including from former residents who expressed their shock and dismay at the town's decline.

A spokesperson for the group told "As Sedgemoor District Council doesn't appear to have aspirations or a vision for Highbridge, we need to find one ourselves."

"It 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."

The group is on Facebook and can be reached via email here.

Pictured: Top, The site of Highbridge's Canal House which was demolished last week and, above, the Highbridge Hotel


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