homes to replace Apex Park's BMX track? Decision day looms
Park's BMX track could be transformed into 16 holiday homes if
Sedgemoor District Council gives controversial proposals the go-ahead
councillors have formally opposed the plans to lease part of Highbridge's
Apex Park to holiday firm Bourne Leisure in a 50-year deal.
a final decision rests with Sedgemoor District Council's Executive,
which is set to consider the issue at their meeting on Wednesday
approved, Burnham BMX Club would relocate from Apex Park to a
site adjacent to the Oaktree Arena at Edithmead. The existing
Apex Park ranger building would be refurbished and enlarged, pictured
below, with a new café and upgraded public conveniences.
to the results of Sedgemoor's consultation survey - which was
carried out over the summer - local people are in favour of the
of respondents supported the re-location of the BMX track. A majority
of respondents, almost three quarters (73%), supported the site
being leased to a third party. There was a fairly even split between
those respondents who lived in Burnham/Highbridge (47%) who supported
the site being leased and those who did not (53%).
a report to the Executive, the council's Tim Mander says: "After
several months of discussion and the BMX Club searching for an
appropriate site where they can develop a site of Cycling Excellence,
a package has been developed which, in principle, could be acceptable
to the three parties."
the proposal proceed then the new BMX Track has the potential
to attract Regional; National and potentially International Events
with the positive Economic and Tourist benefits whilst the potential
expansion of the Burnham Holiday Village will also have positive
benefits to the tourist industry."
several local residents are unhappy. Brian
Burt, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We cannot
let any part of Apex Park be turned into a caravan park. The district
council purchased and developed Apex for the benefit of local
people, therefore every square metre should be retained for future
generations. More so now, considering the hundreds of homes to
be constructed in Highbridge."
proposal is to rob Apex Park of a second area which is twice the
size of the existing car park. It would become a 'no go area'
for 50 years, if not forever, full of more caravans."
Highbridge councillor John Parkes has hit out at what he claims
is Sedgemoor District Council's lack of consultation over the
plans for the site.
has been a veil of secrecy - I first brought the plan to the public's
attention. It was hidden deep in an agenda item in a Sedgemoor
Exceutive meeting several months ago," he said.
Phil Harvey added this week: "Leasing of the site to Bourne
Leisure was strongly opposed by those we canvassed in the recent
Highbridge by-election - and the Conservative candidate told me
he only found one person in favour, whose partner worked for Bourne