‘We are not very good at implementing policies’

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A Burnham-on-Sea councillor has put forward a proposal which outlines new criteria for awarding council grants to businesses.

Councillor Phil Harvey has voiced concerns about the current rules, as he says grants are ‘for community use, not for businesses’.

He told Monday’s Burnham and Highbridge Town Council meeting: “We need to come up with some sort of grant policy. I don’t think we are very good at implementing policies.

“We make day-to-day decisions but what I put before you is an attempt to get a policy on awarding grants to businesses.

“It may not be perfect but I welcome feedback.”

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Cllr Harvey is concerned businesses which are awarded community grants do not always meet their projected targets.

He said: “I suggest community grants should be larger than those for businesses. We must also remember that most of our employment comes from Highbridge.”

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The proposal will now be considered by town council members.

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