of Highbridge community funding may not be spent until 2022
£400,000 of earmarked community funding for Highbridge may
not be spent in the town until the year 2022, it has been confirmed
District Council says the cash was obtained as part of a Section
106 agreement put in place in 2012 following the expansion of
the town's Asda store.
first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com here
earlier this month, the money has been earmarked towards the cost
of improving and enhancing Sedgemoor District Councils public
open space at Isleport Ponds.
the council said this week that consultation about the work has
not yet begun because the money can be spent anytime within ten
years of being allocated.
Faun, Sedgemoor District Council's Corporate Relations Manager,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "Sedgemoor District Council
has owned a parcel of land to the north of the ponds near Isleport
Business Park for over 20 years. It was bought in anticipation
of being a 'green lung' area next to the business park."
is access via a public footpath from Bennett Road, over a rhyne
and via another footpath from Springfield Road, which includes
a pedestrian crossing over the railway. Neither of the access
ways are as desirable as the Council would wish."
2012, Sedgemoor District Council received £399,868.15 in
contributions from a S016 agreement for the Isleport Pond Open
Space towards the costs of improving and enhancing Sedgemoor District
Councils public open space at Isleport Ponds."
contributions are for public open space and pedestrians links.
Clearly, the spending of such a large amount of money is not to
be considered lightly and the Council will need to take the time
to make sure it is spent to the maximum effect for the enhancement
of public open space for the residents of Highbridge."
Section 106 Agreement requires that the Isleport Ponds Contributions
are spent no later than 2022."