old Highbridge radio station to be remembered with memorial
work of Highbridge's historic old radio communication station could
be formally recognised with a dedicated memorial if thousands of
pounds of funding can be secured by the Town Council before a crucial
deadline this month.
Bennett, a former employee at the station, pictured below,
this week spoke out at a Town Council meeting, calling for the old
BT radio station site which played a key role in military
communications during World War II, the Falklands War and the Gulf
War - to be remembered.
old station in Highbridge, which was known as Portishead Radio,
closed down in 2000 and was bulldozed
in 2007 to make way for the Mulholland Park housing development.
heard this week that the developer of Mulholland Park potentially
agreed at the time to provide £15,000 of so-called '106 agreement'
developer cash for a permanent memorial for the former radio station.
no memorial has ever been bought or installed and the '106
agreement' has a 10-year lifespan, which is scheduled to run out
in the middle of this month.
Bennett spoke out on the matter at Wednesday's meeting of the council's
Town Projects Committee and urged councillors to step in and help.
was a sad and disgraceful way for such an important establishment
to end its days."
vital that this historic Burnham building is not permanently forgotten
so much important work went on there for many years which
must be properly recognised," said Larry.
know there was £15,000 set aside from the developer to fund
a memorial or plaque but I don't know where the money went or whether
it's still in an account somewhere waiting to be spent. Other former
radio stations like this one, have memorials and it would be a shame
to see ours just forgotten."
were sympathetic to Larrys request and agreed to contact Sedgemoor
District Council as a matter of urgency to try and secure the funding.
John Parkes said: "So many local people still talk about the
important work that went on there all those years ago I'd
support a proper memorial there."
Nick Tolley, right, added: "It's a very, very important
part of our local heritage that must not be lost, but while plaques
are brilliant, one at Mulholland Park may not be very visible -
so I'd suggest a three-dimensional rock structure somewhere in the
town that would have more impact and be visible to visitors."
Peter Clayton added: "I would definitely support some form
of a memorial it's an important part of our local history."
Janet Keen added: "I would be happy to find out more from Sedgemoor
District Council on whether the '106' funds are still available
and, if they are, how they can be released."
Michael Clarke, who chairs the committee, cautioned: "We need
to move tout de suite [immediately] on this."
paperwork says the funding expires 10 years from 14 December, 2007.
Time is of the essence."
radio station being used during the 1990s before it closed in 2000