Highbridge Hotel art project 'may be first step towards tidying
in Highbridge have this week expressed hope that an art project
which is going ahead to brighten up part of the fire-ravaged Highbridge
Hotel may respresent the first step towards tidying up the whole
agreement has been struck with the owner of the site, Mead Realisations,
for the wooden hoardings outside the hotel to be decorated with
a mural in a bid to give the run-down exterior of the property
of Highbridge Dreamscheme will be decorating the wooden hoardings,
with the help of HABA (Highbridge and Burnham Artists), with a
design called 'The History of Highbridge' after the hotel's owner
agreed to fund the cost of the materials required to create the
Joe Leach told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am pleased we can look
forward to getting on with the job. This
is a positive first step towards getting the place tidied up,
ahead of a development which is fit for purpose."
are always bound to be ups and downs, but ultimately this has
come about so far because of community spirit and a will to see
something happen. I am proud to be a part of that community, and
I hope that we can advance further to get the message across that
Highbridge needs and wants something good for this site, and that
we do care passionately about our town."
Helen Groves added: "I was initially very concerned to hear
that Sedgemoor District Council and Homes in Sedgemoor had agreed
to use funding from a 'community initiatives pledge' to carry
out preparation works on the hoardings as this funding was intended
to assist communities, rather than private developments. However,
I am pleased that after follow-up discussions SDC have decided
this would be inappropriate and that Mead will fund these works."
is my sincere hope that the meeting SDC have indicated will take
place in March will go ahead and Mead Realisations will present
the community with a good plan for the site which takes account
of the concerns of the community."
added: "It is positive that in discussions with Mead Realisations
they have consistently indicated a desire for a mixed use of the
site and seem to have taken onboard the points within the Local
Development Framework relating to the requirement for retail alongside
any housing of low density."
Highbridge Hotel has been derelict since a huge
blaze in April 2008. The hoarding was introduced last August
in a bid to screen some of the building from motorists entering
the town via the A38.