For Highbridge' group seeks judicial review on 85 new homes
50 members of a new campaign group who are striving for a brighter
future for Highbridge have this week begun drawing up plans to
launch a judicial review into controversial plans for 85 new riverside
homes in the town
of the 'Fight For Highbridge' campaign group - which was formed
in June by concerned residents - met on Monday (July 30th) for
the first time.
controversial plans for the Clyce boatyard, pictured above, which
by the district council in June, were one of the hot topics
at the meeting.
group wants to take the decision to judicial review, although
this hinges upon the willingness of community interest solicitors
to take the case forward.
group also discussed concerns regarding the possibility of future
development of Queen Square in the town, with residents voicing
fears that a new application could be submitted soon. However,
no formal plans have yet been submitted to Sedgemoor District
also expressed concern regarding the lack of investment within
the town, citing difficulties in accessing services such as doctors.
There was also lots of concern regarding the poor provision of
school places, as recently highlighted by Burnham-On-Sea.com here.
residents also expressed disappointment about the low image of
Highbridge within the wider area, stating that they like the area
that they live and they want to improve the image of the town
was agreed that residents would like a bigger influence upon the
planning decisions which affect the town and they would wish to
see a better provision of services and facilities, particularly
those for the young within the town of all ages such as parks,
play spaces and youth facilities.
agreed they felt the planning process did not seem to take account
of the needs and aspirations of Highbridge and it was felt this
did not support or promote Highbridge in a positive manner. It
was agreed a 'residents vision' for Highbridge should be developed
in co-operation with local authorities.
of those who attended, Highbridge councillor Helen Groves, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am delighted to see the first meeting
of this group was so well attended and the aims and aspirations
are positive and realistic, seeking as a group of residents to
bring supportive influence to the future of the town and a direct
and politically independent voice for residents."
is clear that residents are deeply concerned about issues such
as infrastructure and inappropriate development. Many are expressing
their unhappiness with 'broken promises from Sedgemoor', regarding
the number of flats which have recently been approved within the
the group has recognised a need to build a positive working relationship
with all tiers of local government to help identification of the
town's priorities and needs. I wish them every success and will
be delighted to offer any support I am able moving forward."