town centre 'misses out on regeneration cash' from Asda
given by developers to promote Highbridge town centre has been
'whisked away for other projects', according to a group of local
Asda opened its Highbridge store, the developer had to pay just
under £612,000 to "promote the viability and vitality
of Highbridge Town Centre and to fulfil regeneration priorities"
identified by Sedgemoor District Council.
since 2006, things have gone quiet about where the funding has
been spent, prompting local Liberal Democrat town councillor John
Parkes to investigate.
says: "Highbridge is a town with great pressures on its town
centre, so any money for regeneration would be warmly welcomed."
asked several questions about the funding at the latest Sedgemoor
District Council meeting and says he is "dismayed" where
the funding has gone.
claims: "£182,062 has disappeared into Somerset County
Councils Education budget, £30,000 went to the maintenance
of traffic lights, and £399,868.15 is being held by Sedgemoor
Council for as yet unidentified projects but intended to make
paths and cycleways from Springfield Road to Isleport Business
Park and from Worston Lane to the recreational facilities at Isleport
continued: "This is a scandal! Exactly how does almost £400,000
on ponds and footpaths 'promote the viability and vitality of
Highbridge Town Centre'?"
that £182,000 been spent on Highbridge schools? Who made
the decision that this was the best use of our money? There were
three Conservative Burnham Councillors on the Planning Committee
at the time didnt they know what was going on?"
has invited Sedgemoor District Council to comment.
Highbridge Asda and, above, councillors Fiona Hector (left) and
John Parkes (right) with candidate Victoria Weavell (centre)