'fight for Highbridge' is on as campaign group holds first meeting
night saw the first face-to-face meeting of the newly-formed 'Rise
Up and Fight For Highbridge' group.
of local people who hadn't heard of the group's Facebook origins
attended the meeting and new grievances were aired.
lot of common ground was found and the meeting concluded that
everywhere in Highbridge the message seems to be the same - residents
do not want their town given over to flats and maisonettes.
of the strongest support came from owners and residents of the
existing flats - people who have moved into a reasonably well
balanced mix of a town and did not want to see that balance eroded.
Infrastructure concerned everyone; plus the lack of school places,
jobs and medical facilities, which those present said are at a
of the group's youngest members pointed to the lack of affordable
things to do for those between the ages of fourteen and sixteen.
group agreed to support each other's causes wherever possible,
to share knowledge and contacts. Local councillors Helen Groves
and Joe Leach helped explain the oddities of the planning process.
afterwards, the newly-elected Chair, Dawn Molloy, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Feelings were running high at the meeting, but it is the
hope of the group as a whole to make the best of the town's development;
supporting positive ideas to rebuild our infrastructure and taking
action to restore the community we once had in Highbridge."
Tina Gray, the Vice Chair, added: "Together we will stand
up and fight for everyone who is unable to use their voice; especially
the young and elderly."
tone overall was angry, energetic and positive. We want our town
to be given a fighting chance to flourish again."