A raft of new improvements to help boost Highbridge town centre have been welcomed this week and hailed as the start of the town’s ‘regeneration’.

Several high-profile, multi-million pound developments are set to go ahead, with the overhaul of the former FF&F site and the Highbridge Hotel.

Double yellow lines are to be removed along part of Market Street, pictured above, to enable shoppers to park next to shops. And a new pedestrian crossing is also to be installed in Market Street.

Highbridge Chamber of Trade Chairman Mike Murphy, pictured, says the long-awaited upgrades for the town centre are very welcome.

Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported here last week that the Highbridge Hotel redevelopment is finally set to begin this year and be completed in December 2018.

Mr Murphy told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “It’s great news. This, combined with the sale of the former Customs House and the former FFand F site with planning permission for 14 flats, begins to ‘join up the dots’ for this part of Highbridge.”

“We will also see a new natural crossing in Market Street to make it safer for pedestrians in the town centre.”

The new Market Street pedestrian crossing looks set to be installed near the One Stop Shop, as pictured here.

He added: “The double yellow lines along part of Market Street are also to be removed as part of proposals to improve parking for shoppers and encourage visits to the shops.”

“There is also possible movement at the Bank Street car park and improvements to the Millennium Green, plus the ongoing development of the former George Hotel into a new furniture store.”

“There are also plans for a mural on the side of Snippers Gents hairdressers, together with a few more projecting signs, and the renewal of the heritage signs.”

Mike added: “It is just great to watch our town slowly, step by step, being regenerated.”

“Perhaps the next phase will include the removal of some more of the remaining eyesores when we will be able to truly say it’s beginning to look like a really nice town.”