Highbridge Hotel owner says 'things are looking up' for the site
PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 January 2012
THE owner of one of Highbridge's most iconic sites, the Highbridge Hotel, has confirmed new plans will be drawn up to get the spot back on track.
Even though the derelict hotel, in Huntspill Road, has suffered two fires in the last four years Mead Realisations’ chairman Derek Mead has said this will not affect future plans for the site.
He said: “At the moment the plans are with the architects. We have had a public consultation and we understand what everyone is looking for. Now we can get a plan from architects, to see what we can do with the site.
“The recent fires have made no difference to the future plans and things are looking up. The main problem is we had it all sorted out and then the recession comes and you just can’t do things as quickly as you would like”
The public consultation held in October last year showed that residents of Highbridge were against the site being used for more flats, but believed commercial buildings would benefit the town.
Mr Mead said: “Its going to have to be a compromise. Part of it can be a community facility, with shops on the front also.
“If we can pull more people into the centre of Highbridge that will always be a good thing.”
Councillor Joe Leach said: “We are still working with Mr Mead at the moment and we are hoping to have some more meetings.
“The public does not want more flats in their town and if it could be returned to a hotel that would be great.
“Things are still moving, we have had discussions about what can go on the site through consultations. It’s taking shape and things are definitely coming into place.”