amphitheatre' proposed for Highbridge's Apex Park
Burnham-On-Sea town councillor has proposed that a new 'open-air
Roman amphitheatre' is built in Highbridge's Apex Park to serve
as a major new arts attraction.
Martin Cox suggested the unique proposal during a Town Council debate
this week about how Hinkley Point community funding could be used
in Burnham and Highbridge.
think an open-air Roman amphitheatre could work really well at Apex
Park, complete with stone columns, pillars and seating up the bank,"
he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
drama groups would often put on outdoor shows there and create a
super community atmosphere - it would add another great facility
to Apex Park."
said the proposals would be funded from the £15m Hinkley Point
community mitigation fund, aimed at compensating local areas for
disruption during the building of Hinkley C.
Cox added that a mock Roman amphitheatre is successfully used in
Swanage, Dorset which would be the "model to follow."
proposal was considered during a Burnham and Highbridge Town Council
Policy and Finance committee meeting this week.
councillor John Parkes added: "It is a good idea, but I am
conscious that we have to try and get all in the community involved
with Hinkley-funded schemes like this - I don't want to see young
people left out."
Janet Keen said she could not see how the proposal would exclude
any age or gender group, to which Cllr Parkes added that he's keen
to see young people fully consulted on "adult-led projects".
decision was made on the proposal, but it will be discussed further
with local groups to assess the interest.
Cllr Cox says a mock Roman amphitheatre in Swanage, Dorset, pictured
here, would be the "model to follow" at Apex Park