Youth hostel rumoured to be among the plans for Highbridge Hotel
District Council has this week declined to confirm or deny rumours
that the fire-hit Highbridge Hotel could soon be transformed into
a major new youth hostel.
say they have heard plans are being drawn up by the building's
owner, Mead Realisations, to overhaul the former landmark into
a modern youth hostel as part of a wider scheme to regenerate
to comment on the rumours on Monday, Sedgemoor District Council
did not deny or confirm them. Spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The district council is working with a range of partners
and the owners of the Highbridge Hotel to help restore the property
to its former focal part of Highbridge town centre."
are very early discussions as to the final use of the property.
Any achievable solution will be subject to consultation and a
public announcement will be made at the appropriate time."
local resident, who asked not be named, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Several of us have heard that plans are being drawn up for
a youth hostel at the site, which on the face of it could be a
good use. Anything is better than more flats or leaving the building
in its current state."
Highbridge Hotel has been derelict since a huge
blaze occurred in April 2008. New wood hoardings were introduced
last August in a bid to screen some of the building from motorists
entering the town.
The hotel this week and, above, the fire at the property in 2008