Town Development Forum Considers New Northgate Proposals

Northgate back on the table

Bridgwater Town Council’s ‘Town Development Forum’ -a body of delegates from all walks of Bridgwater life, met this week with senior project managers from Sedgemoor District Council to consider the new plans for the controversial Northgate site, once the location of the popular Sedgemoor Splash, then threatened to be the home of a megalossal Tesco Store, both producing major confrontations, and now edging towards a popular new plan. The discussion is here for all to see and the recommendations will go to next Town Council on December 7th.

Town Council Leader , Cllr Brian  Smedley, chaired the meeting and introduced Doug Bamsey and Stuart Martin from Sedgemoor District Council, who had been invited to give an update on Northgate developments. Continue reading “Town Development Forum Considers New Northgate Proposals”

Waterways Group in Docks Accolade

Mayor Graham Granter congratulates IWA Chairman Bob Abbot on his groups award

The West Country Branch of the Inland Waterways Association  has won this years ‘Branch Achievement’ award and today held an event at Bridgwater Docks to receive a trophy, honour their volunteers and promote their ongoing workload. Mayor of Bridgwater Graham Granter was there to thank them for their contribution to our town and other Town Councillors turned up to discuss mutual interests and taking their campaigns forward.

The IWA  West Country Branch has worked with Bridgwater Town Council towards the long term aim of enhancing the navigation on the River Parrett and to regenerate the former docks and also on the Tidal Barrier Campaign. Local members have been integral to putting the waterways at the forefront of the Town Councils vision for the future. Continue reading “Waterways Group in Docks Accolade”

Snowflakes Christmas Lights Switch on set for 24th November

Bridgwater’s annual Christmas lights switch on is set for Friday 24th November. The switch on will be part of the annual ‘Snowflakes’ event which includes street food stalls from 12pm, entertainment from 4-8pm, squibbing at 7pm and the switch on itself scheduled for 6pm.

Shopping will be extended as usual into the evening. The event is organised by Bridgwater Town Council through its partnership working with the Bridgwater Town Team. Other sponsors of the event include Sedgemoor District Council, the Bridgwater mercury, Angel Place shopping centre, Sedgemoor fm, GPR, Timeless Images and Secret Valley.


Bridgwater Mural is Finished

The new Mural celebrating Bridgwater’s history and created by local artist Rachel Gundry with help from residents and even passers-by, has been unveiled for all to see. The artwork is located on the Broadway side of Blake Gardens and has been sponsored by Bridgwater Town Council and started during the Quayside Festival.

Town Council Leader Brian Smedley said “This is a welcome addition to the townscape and something that celebrates the town and it’s history. Of course it can be seen not just by walkers and cyclists it can be viewed by motorists as they pass by (or more likely queue) on the nearby Broadway. The mural was the initiative of local residents who asked for something that brightened up the old Wessex Water pumping station and ward councillors responded. We hope it will be appreciated and respected.”

See here how the mural took shape month by month…





Town Calendar and Postcards launch Tourism Initiative

The new Bridgwater Town Postcards

As Bridgwater moves towards the sunlit uplands of increased touristic interest with six hotels, several new cafes and restaurants , various new shops  and a major new leisure facility on its way, the Town Council has launched a major initiative to promote the town to residents and incomers alike with the first Town  calendar and a brand new set of Town postcards.

Town Council Leader Cllr Brian Smedley explained “The images have been created by local artist Jim Goddard and they promote the towns heritage and history by juxtaposing old photos with new. People are proud of their history but shouldn’t be nervous of change. They should be part of it. We’ve set up a system through the town council where that can happen. This week the Town Development Forum will be looking at the plans for Northgate where a new school is already in place and a major leisure centre is planned. People are welcome to that meeting and be part of that process*. Bridgwater people also have a tremendous love for the history of their town. For the second year running the Bridgwater History Day at the town’s art centre was packed out with some people staying all day to listen to 7 different speakers  tell them about the things that have made the town special. Pride in your town is very important if you’re to have confidence in what it does next.” Continue reading “Town Calendar and Postcards launch Tourism Initiative”