paid to Highbridge Hotel owner and local farmer Derek Mead
have been paid to the former owner of the Highbridge Hotel and a
prominent farmer and businessman who was killed in an accident on
his farm at the weekend.
Mead is reported to have suffered a heart attack after the "tragic
accident" on Sunday afternoon.
was reportedly involved in a freak accident involving a dog and
a tractor at his farm in Hewish, near Weston-super-Mare in Somerset.
and paramedics were called to The Laurels in Hewish, near Weston-super-Mare
response vehicles, an ambulance and an air ambulance attended and
rescuers battled unsuccessfully to save the father-of-three, who
was in cardiac arrest.
dairy farmer Derek Mead, 72, employed about 300 staff across the
statement said Mr Mead was killed in a "tragic accident"
on Sunday afternoon "doing what he loved".
said: "It is with heavy hearts that we have to let you know
that our father and grandfather, Derek Mead, was killed in a tragic
accident on his farm. He was doing what he loved and has been doing
since he was a young boy. The family thank you for all your kind
messages during this time."
and Somerset Constabulary confirmed that the investigation has been
passed to the Health and Safety Executive. The HSE said: "We
can confirm HSE are aware of this incident and are making initial
the owner of the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel and former Highbridge
cattle market site, Mr Mead was pleased in 2013 when controversial
plans for 59 homes at the cattle market site were approved,
in addition to the redevelopment of the hotel site - although he
never got to see the completion of the hotel rebuild, which is still
in 2008, we reported
here how Mr Mead defended his actions at a public meeting in
Highbridge after a huge fire swept the hotel.
Rickards, Chief Executive of Sedgemoor District Council, paid tribute
to him, saying: "We are deeply shocked by the news of Dereks
death, as we have worked closely with Derek and Mead Realisations
for some years on significant projects in Sedgemoor."
a doubt, he was a colourful character who certainly got things done.
Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time."
Mead campaigned hard for the dairy industry and had been a critic
of the National Farmers Union (NFU) for many years, claiming it
did not properly represent the interests of farmers. Speaking in
2015 he described all areas of British farming as being "on
Mead was Chairman of Puxton Park, near Weston, and of Junction 24,
which is a business centre and one of the largest livestock markets
in the South West.
Rundle, who worked as an adviser for Mr Mead, said his investment
of £10m to help develop Sedgemoor Livestock Centre had "put
new heart back in to the livestock trade".