owner of prominent Highbridge building unveils future plans
new owner of an historic building in the centre of Highbridge
has been discussing their plans for the property this week after
sold for over £200,000 in September.
House in Market Street was formerly home to Lloyds Bank and more
recently has been the HQ for the National Blind Children's Society
until it moved out in August.
prominent property has been sold to the Somerset Drainage Boards
Consortium, which is moving from its nearby premises in Market
Consortium Boards recently secured the purchase of Bradbury House,"
said a spokeswoman for the consortium.
deal which was struck with the Society prior to auction will allow
the Drainage Boards to close their existing two offices on the
same street and relocate all staff to Bradbury House."
will reduce costs and improve efficiency of the operation. The
move will not occur immediately as the building will need to undergo
some repairs and modification to suit the work of the Board."
of the benefits of the move is that the Axe Brue and Parrett Drainage
Boards will be able to hold nearly all of their meetings at the
new offices, which have full disabled access.
Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium comprises two internal drainage
boards, the Axe Brue and the Parrett Drainage Board. The Boards
provide the vital services of drainage and irrigation to 136,000
acres (55,000 ha) of the Somerset Levels and Moors.
Somerset Consortium of Drainage Boards is responsible for land
drainage and flood risk on 55,000 hectares of land in Somerset,
much of it below sea level, which includes some 22,000 businesses
and properties. It maintains a network of 1,200 km of rhynes and
watercourses, but is not responsible for the main rivers, which
are the preserve of the Environment Agency.
of the public are able to attend most meetings of the Boards and
their sub-committees, the dates of which are shown on the Consortium