deal on holiday homes plan at Apex Park inches closer
proposals by Sedgemoor District Council to lease Apex Park's BMX
track to Bourne Leisure in a 50-year deal to enable it to build
16 new holiday homes on the site have moved a step closer to being
approved this week.
District Councils Executive considered the plans on Wednesday
(2nd March) and agreed to carry that the authority should hold
"further discussions" with Bourne Leisure on the scheme.
Executive noted Burnham and Highbridge Town Council's support
that the management of Apex Park should remain with Sedgemoor
District Council," a spokeswoman told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
also agreed, subject to agreement in principle being reached between
Bourne Leisure and the BMX Club, to hold further discussions between
the Council and Bourne Leisure, and that a further report be brought
back to the Executive once discussions are concluded no later
than six months."
month, Burnham-On-Sea.com reported
here that Burnham and Highbridge Town Council had rejected
a proposal from the district council to take over management of
report was considered at the Sedgemoor Executive meeting on Wednesday
(2nd March) in regards to the proposed relocation of the BMX site
currently within Apex Park to a larger site close to Burnham-On-Sea.
report set out the discussions that have taken place since the
previous report to Executive on 9th December.
A spokeswoman explained: "At the December 2015 meeting the
Executive resolved that a further report should be presented to
members on the potential for the future management of Apex Park
by Burnham and Highbridge Town Council, to include the physical
and financial management of the entire site, and subject to the
conclusion of those discussions members would consider whether
to support ongoing discussions with Bourne Leisure and Burnham
BMX Club at that stage."
"Following a Burnham on Sea and Highbridge Town Council meeting
on 1st February 2016, we received a letter from the Clerk of the
Town Council acknowledging that Apex Park is well managed and
maintained by Sedgemoor District Council and therefore it is appropriate
that it remains within the district councils management."
added: "In tandem with the Town Council deliberations, officers
met with the Trustees of Burnham BMX Club to discuss their business
plan and get a better understanding of the level of benefit the
proposed business would bring to the local area and to confirm
that they were still interested in pursuing the proposal."
"Similarly contact was made with Bourne Leisure by officers
to outline the basis on which the Council would consider commencing
negotiations and test whether they would still want to pursue
to the meeting
town councillor John Parkes said: "It is good to see that
'party politics' quite rightly are united in highlighting the
concerns about the Apex."
terms of what was resolved, reference to 'further discussions'
would suggest that until SDC see some form of concrete plans in
writing from both Bourne and the BMX club stating that this will
happen/that will happen, in order that any decisions taken are
for the benefit of the wider community, and neither parties may
renege on any agreement, then this whole saga will continue to
it would appear that SDC have already felt there is some merit
in the proposals from Bourne Leisure, albeit any final decisions
will be made following appropriate planning approval etc."
do many in our local communities, I await details of this 'further
report' within the allocated timescales. What local people can
be assured of is that information relating to the Apex will continue
to be brought to the attention of the public."
The 16 holiday homes would be built by Bourne Leisure at Highbridge's
Apex Park in place of the current BMX track. The BMX club wants
to build a new bigger track at a site near the Oaktree Arena.