residents air concerns about future of fire-hit Highbridge Hotel
of residents have taken part in a survey to air their concern
about potential plans for a new housing development on the site
of the fire-hit Highbridge Hotel.
the past few days, 440 residents have taken part in the survey,
organised by town councillor Helen Groves (pictured).
comes as owner Mead Realisations considers what to do with the
remains of the building plus the former cattle market site next
door. The firm has said it could consider building houses.
Groves told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "The overwhelming
response of the survey has favoured a development of this site
which combines family homes - not flats - and commercial and retail
usage which enhances the existing retail area of Highbridge."
is very clear residents are concerned about the impact upon infrastructure
within the area of this and other proposed developments and I
sincerely hope that Sedgemoor's Development Control Committee
will give this data the consideration it deserves."
added: "The response both on doorsteps and online has been
brilliant - currently 441 people have taken part."
am also grateful to all who have taken part, including those from
Burnham and other outlying areas as this enables us to demonstrate
that concern exists over a wider area - something which has been
given little consideration to date."
"It is my hope that now we are able to provide evidence to
SDC they will re-assess the approach that has been taken so far
and will be more willing to engage with residents in their decision-making
is clear that whilst people are divided over whether the hotel
should be restored or demolished, there is a real sense of dissatisfaction
with the manner in which the issue has been handled."
Groves intends to hold a public meeting within the next few weeks
if none is forthcoming from Sedgemoor District council to provide
an opportunity for members of the public to air their concerns
and she also hopes to establish a community focus group to positively
address the challenges Highbridge is facing.