work to redevelop Highbridge Hotel to start this month
long-awaited revamp of the derelict Highbridge Hotel site looks
set to finally start this month, the man overseeing the project
has said this week.
has been derelict for almost eight years after a huge
fire destroyed the Highbridge Hotel in April 2008 followed
by several other smaller blazes.
But with the help of signficant grant funding, the YMCA is set
to redevelop the site and transform it into a modern premises
with 22 affordable flats for young people with community sports
week, YMCA Somerset Chief Executive Martin Hodgson, pictured,
who is leading the project, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Works
will start to the building during the last week of February."
news is a welcome step forward amid continuing dismay at the lack
and Highbridge Town Council Town Clerk Denise Emery told Burnham-On-Sea.com
on Thursday: "We are disappointed at the lack of visible
progress in developing the hotel."
had hoped that after the
YMCA's update to the council last year that the work to take
down parts of the facade would have started."
the YMCA has held extensive discussions with key stakeholders,
such as Sedgemoor District Council and English Heritage, to progress
the project while preserving key elements of the Grade-2 listed