18, 2015 Plea
for more funding for 'forgotten' Highbridge by trade group boss
impassioned plea for more funding for Highbridge town centre has
been made by the leader of its Chamber of Trade this week.
Murphy told councillors at a meeting last night (Monday) that
Highbridge is being "forgotten" and "treated as
the poor relation" by the Town Council.
went on to claim that all the council's focus has been on improving
Burnham in recent months and implementing its Tesco-funded town
centre upgrades while Highbridge has been "overlooked."
he appealed to councillors for seed funding to allow the creation
of a town centre revival team in Highbridge and to take forward
Martin Cox said: "We shouldn't forget that we are a Burnham
and Highbridge Town Council and we need to treat both towns fairly.
The Tesco project has overshadowed Highbridge recently."
Council Clerk said: "It should be remembered that a '106
agreement' is in place from the Brue Farm housing development,
so many thousands of pounds of funding will come into the town
when building gets started."
Farm developer Hallam Land Management won outline planning permission
in March 2012 to build 550 homes and a primary school on the southern
side of Highbridge. However, that was subject to the signing of
a legal agreement with Sedgemoor District Council over Hallam's
legal document, called a section 106 agreement, includes contributing
to a 210-place primary school, plus £1million towards off-site
affordable housing and contributions to play/community facilities
in the town itself.
Paul Young added: "We should try to help Highbridge more,
but it does already have the best wildlife park in the whole area
and the vibrant Isleport Business Park with many jobs."
Market Street in Highbridge is one of the areas in the town that
needs more funding, according to Mike Murphy, pictured above.
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