initiative launched to attract higher wage jobs in Burnham area
high-skilled jobs need to be attracted to Burnham and Highbridge
to help the towns to continue to grow, a town councillor has called
Phil Harvey, right, said the Burnham area has a thriving
local tourism industry, but he warned that there are too many
"low wage, low skilled jobs" in the area as a result.
a debate about a document on Sedgemoor's economic strategy this
week, he said that more needs to be done to attract jobs from
is very important for Burnham as stated in this document, with
Highbridge more peripheral, and it is very impressive that the
number of jobs has increased in Sedgemoor during the recession,
unlike in many other places."
one of the things that this report makes clear is that a lot of
the jobs created are in low-wage, zero-hours or low-skilled roles."
across a lot of the tourism sector, so I think we should see whether
we can get more high-paid jobs in, which are likely to be in office
told councillors during this week's debate in Burnham: "We
do have the Isleport Industrial Park in Highbridge and we made
a strong plea to Sedgemoor at a Neighbourhood Planning meeting
to consider allocating part of it for a high-quality business
was taken favourably and the Town Council is in a position where
we can now influence the situation to bring more high-paid jobs
into the area."
Ken Smout said there remains a challenge in that many new businesses
consider bigger towns such as Taunton first and the Burnham area
therefore has to strongly compete against them.