reassures council over delays to £1.8m Highbridge Hotel
YMCA has reassured town councillors this week that it remains
'enthusiastic' about the £1.8million redevelopment of the
fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel site despite delays to the project.
The long-awaited overhaul of the eyesore will see it transformed
into a modern premises with 22 affordable flats for young people
as well as new community sports facilities.
of Burnham and Highbridge Town Council asked the YMCA this week
for an update on the status of the project at their meeting.
Somerset Chief Executive Martin Hodgson, pictured, told
the council in a statement: "May I assure the council that
there are no contractual problems - there are however practical
issues which we were aware of when we took over the site and awarded
the contract. These have been factored into the timescale for
completion of the build."
you will be aware, the building as it is Grade 2 listed needs
great care when being worked upon, and importantly in these first
stages we need to ensure that we can preserve as much as possible,
without placing the workforce engaged in the project at risk."
is for this reason we have been in lengthy discussions with various
parties including engineers, contractors, plus Sedgemoor District
Council Building Control and Planning."
are now in a position where we are ready to agree how we approach
the build and equally firm timescales for commencement of works
and of course the monitoring of the work - this meeting will be
taking place at the end of this week."
Hodgson went on to add: "We understand how this delay will
be seen by some elements of the community and wish to reassure
them that we continue to be enthusiastic about the scheme and
keen to complete the scheme so as to ensure that the new Highbridge
Hotel becomes an important part of the community again."
councillors will be inviting Mr Hodgson to the next full meeting
of the council in July to discuss the work further.
has been derelict for over seven years since a huge
blaze destroyed the Highbridge Hotel in April 2008 followed
by several other smaller blazes.