councillors urge re-think over £400k Asda community cash
Highbridge councillors have written to the Chief Executive and
Leader of Sedgemoor District Council urging them
to renegotiate the terms of the funding agreement with the developer
of the Asda store.
call from three Liberal Democrat town councillors - John Parkes,
Victoria Weavell, Fiona Hector - comes after Burnham-On-Sea.com
first reported here
in October that almost £400,000 of earmarked community funding
for Highbridge may not be spent in the town until the year 2022.
money - which was obtained as part of a Section 106 agreement
put in place in 2012 during the expansion of the town's Asda store
- has been earmarked towards the cost of improving and enhancing
Sedgemoor District Councils public open space at Isleport
Ponds. Local councillors want the cash used to regenerate Highbridge
town centre instead.
Cllr John Parkes told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "The
planning permission says that the store was designed to promote
the viability and vitality of Highbridge Town centre but none
of the money received has been allocated to do this. Were
asking Sedgemoor to rectify this if they can."
Cllr Victoria Weavell added: "At the last Town Council we
proposed ring fencing £20,000 from the Town Councils
regeneration budget for Highbridge. Although we didnt succeed
in this, the Town Council did agree to £12,500. Weve
already been in contact with the Chairman of Highbridge Chamber
of Trade to discuss ideas on how this could be best spent. This
will be a very welcome boost to Highbridge but, obviously, is
on a much smaller scale than the money from Asda."
And Cllr Fiona Hector added: "In the near future the Brue
Farm development is due to start. We have also asked Sedgemoor
Council to confirm that the £200,000 destined for the Highbridge
Town centre as part of this schemes planning permission
will, in fact, be spent there and not diverted elsewhere."
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