funding for Highbridge radio station memorial edges closer
to introduce a new memorial to mark the work of Highbridge's historic
old radio communication station have come a step closer this week
with good news on funding.
first reported here
last week that £15,000 of funding earmarked to a memorial
almost ten years ago expires this Thursday, December 14th.
Janet Keen has been in discussions with Sedgemoor District Council
to try and unlock the funding and she told Burnham-On-Sea.com after
a council meeting on Monday evening (December 11th) that she is
hopeful it will be secured.
Wimpey Homes has indicated that it will not claw back the money
because the development was delayed years ago, which is very good
news and I am hopeful that will get the funding," she told
comments come after Larry Bennett, a former employee at the station,
pictured right, spoke out at a Town Council meeting last
week, 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 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
on December 14th.
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."
councillors were sympathetic to Larrys request at the meeting.
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."
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."
Peter Clayton added: "I would definitely support some form
of a memorial it's an important part of our local history."