Apex Park changes dismissed after months of uncertainty

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 August 2016

Sedgemoor District Council voted against merging with two other councils,

Sedgemoor District Council voted against merging with two other councils,

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Controversial changes to a Highbridge park have now been dismissed after close to 18 months of debate.

Sedgemoor District Council had discussed leasing Apex Park’s BMX track to Bourne Leisure – which owns Burnham Holiday Village – with plans to develop 16 holiday homes in its place.

Back in April 2015 the plans were considered behind closed doors but this prompted intervention from Burnham and Highbridge Town Council.

Concerns were raised that if the BMX track was forced to move, the ‘asset’ to the town would not return.

The town council called an extraordinary meeting on Monday to reveal the plans had been dismissed, which delighted councillors.

Burnham councillor Phil Harvey said: “This has been ongoing for 18 months and this is excellent news.”

Sedgemoor has previously suggested the town council should take over ‘financial and physical management’ of Apex Park and Cllr Harvey has warned this eventuality must be prepared for.

He said: “I would prefer Sedgemoor to have control of the park but we need to get the finances in position in case.”

A spokesman for Sedgemoor District Council told the Mercury: “The council has not received any further information from the parties.

“As there has been no further information it considers the matter closed.”

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