Transport Forum Reviews Key Issues as Bridgwater Booms

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Cllr Tony Heywood chairing the Bridgwater Transport Forum

Bridgwater Town Council launched a series of Public Forum meetings based around key themes in a progressive move to engage Councillors, Service Providers and Users and Pressure groups. One of these Forums is the Transport Forum under the guidance of newly elected Councillor for Eastover  Tony Heywood. With the advent of the latest phase in the nuclear industry in and around our town and with the pressures on our infrastructure that this brings, the Transport Forum met to look at some of the key issues.

Rail Matters

The meeting first looked at the state of the Railways. Lewis Ward of GWR had submitted a report which summed up several key developments.

Forecourt work ;-“Design is on-going and Network Rail have issued their technical queries as part of the GRIP 3 (Option Selection and Approval in Principle stage) review. Our design consultants have responded with clarifications meaning we’re close to completing this stage – it has taken longer than planned, but we’re getting there!.Once the in principle design has been agreed by Network Rail, we will be meeting with Council Officers, relevant portfolio holders and local members at SCC and SDC to present that design, agree the programme, and seek their support to continue through to detailed design/construction.” Continue reading “Transport Forum Reviews Key Issues as Bridgwater Booms”

Town Council Sets Out its Environmental Agenda

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Cllr Kathy Pearce considers options for building bridges

Deputy Leader of Bridgwater Town Council cllr Kathy Pearce (Westover Ward) will submit a report to the meeting of April 12th outlining the  work she has  undertaken to date in her role as Environment  Lead and will be seeking endorsement from fellow councillors and members of the public.

Kathy’s report below.

Town Cleaning

Meetings and walkabouts have been taking place through the past year with Clean Surroundings, SDC Environment Manager and Somerset Waste Partnership to address litter and fly-tipping within the town, including commercial waste.

As a result, the following on-going action is being taken:

  • Enhanced street cleaning through additional ‘green machine’ provision, using underspend as a result of the closure of the Taunton Road toilets.
  • Certain areas targeted by SWP to promote the use of hessian sacks for refuse, which are stronger and more resistant to seagull/animal damage.
  • The Eastover area is being especially targeted to address litter problems in conjunction with local residents.
  • More attention to be given to fly-tipping. Problem areas to be notified to SWP, who will follow up with householders, town centre businesses, landlords and tenants and administer fines for persistent offenders.
  • Closer liaison between SWP and Clean Surroundings regarding spillage from refuse lorries.

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Town Development Forum Support for Fore Street Proposals

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Town Development Forum meets to hear the latest plans for Fore Street

Thirty people attended the latest Town Development Forum meeting at Bridgwater Town Hall to hear Sedgemoors Principal Development Officer Sam Harper outline the latest phase in the plans to enhance the Town centre as part of the CIM Bid that included such innovations as the Quayside festival, now in its second year, and the much heralded Celebration mile. The meeting was chaired by Town Council Leader Cllr Brian Smedley with minutes taken by Deputy Leader Cllr Kathy Pearce.

Cllr Smedley said after the meeting “The purpose of these Development Forums is to keep the public on board with these plans that affect them and our town. People eagerly grabbed the chance to offer their views, to add ideas,expertise and extra vision where necessary and to criticise where appropriate. However, the overwhelming majority present supported the plans as they’ve been worked up and we will be reporting this to Full Council along with the other ideas that came up.” Continue reading “Town Development Forum Support for Fore Street Proposals”

Bridgwater Keeps its Place at the Top Table of Rock -Thanks to the Cobblestones

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Graham Hodgson behind the bar in the Cobblestones

From Bristol to Exeter it’s a rockless wilderness. Apart from here in Bridgwater where that music form has always found a home and a heady mix of touring bands and original homegrown groups that make this place something special. In the 196o’s it was the Town Hall and the Top Twenty club hosting Billy Fury, Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, the Swinging Blue Jeans and the Who. In the 70’s and 80’s it was the Bridgwater Art Centre with it’s punk, ska,reggae and indie gigs featuring Crass, Chumbawamba, Black Roots and the Toy Dolls then in the ’90’s and into the 21st Century it was the Palace with Joe Strummer, Madness and the suppers from that eternal elixir of the cider cup, the Wurzels. These days……it’s the Cobblestones Pub in Eastover.

The Cobblestones has been run by local rock promoter Graham Hodgson for just two years but in that time him and his 3 partners have turned the place into a key rock venue on the touring circuit for name bands and eagerly backed by a growing stream of talented local rock groups who write their own music and not only keep a Bridgwater music scene going but keep their town on the rock map of the country. As their fathers did before them, and their grandfathers before them. And some grandmothers. Continue reading “Bridgwater Keeps its Place at the Top Table of Rock -Thanks to the Cobblestones”

Have You Seen the Marmite People yet?

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Carline Wilkins welcomes visitors to the Art Centre to see the Marmite people

An art exhibition by Bridgwater and Taunton College students has been launched in Bridgwater this week and will be on display until the end of March. The project is called ‘Marmite People’ and can be viewed freely at the Bridgwater Arts Centre in castle Street and at St Mary’s Church. Art and Design students have produced a thought provoking , overtly political and socially forthright display of  creativity and compassion taking on board some of the major issues in the world that faces them as they grow up in this town. Everyone should take a look.

Arts Centre Chair Caroline Wilkins said “We really welcome this exhibition, it’s got a real edge to it. There’s some real statements there and such a degree of awareness. The students have produced some fantastic thought provoking works and taken a critical look at the politics all around them. Well worth a visit!”

Marmite People

The ‘Marmite’ theme is clear. You either love it or hate it. That’s the case with many of the themes of the exhibition, whether it’s Donald Trump or Vladimir Putin -loved by many, despised in equal measure, or whether it’s heroes such as Nelson Mandela – now venerated but for decades locked up in a racist prison by people who thought that was a good thing to do. Continue reading “Have You Seen the Marmite People yet?”