Frack Free Bridgwater ‘Ups The Ante’

Town Council leader Brian Smedley gives response to Government proposals on Fracking legislation

At last nights Bridgwater Town Council meeting members voted to raise the stakes in the war against ‘Fracking’  and voted to challenge new proposed legislation that reduces community influence in planning decisions relating to the controversial topic. In 2017 Bridgwater Town Council became the first Town in Somerset to declare itself a Frack-Free Zone.

Town Council Leader, Cllr Brian Smedley (Labour,Westover) said “The government is proposing massive changes to planning rules that could give the fracking industry a green light to cover swathes of the country in drills. If these changes went ahead, fracking companies could start drilling across the country without local planning applications, threatening communities and the climate in the process.This flies in the face of local democracy and threatens to slash community involvement in decision-making. We can’t allow fracking to be forced on communities, and our countryside to be turned into a gasfield. Bridgwater Town Council has declared itself a Frack Free Zone, we need to now join the national ‘Let Communities Decides’ campaign and support this motion.” Continue reading “Frack Free Bridgwater ‘Ups The Ante’”

Raging Against Rubbish in Bridgwater

Rage Against Rubbish team on the banks of the Bridgwater Taunton canal

This year, Bridgwater Town Council wants to focus on tourism. Proudly promoting our lovely town to the wider world. There are six new hotels on their way, the population is growing and people are interested in Bridgwater, its heritage, its history, its unique cultural offer and its wonderful scenery. Especially people are excited at the prospect of a renaissance for our waterways, the river, the docks, the canal, the coastal path. So it was great news when recently the town bridge was finally illuminated…only to reveal at least 20 shopping trolleys glistening in the waters below the bridge. Mayor of Bridgwater Cllr Diogo Rodrigues, when asked, said simply ‘Well, people shouldn’t throw shopping trolleys in the river in the first place’. Which is absolutely right. They shouldn’t. Not everyone does. It’s a small minority. But they do. People will also have seen the same in the docks and the canal. But for one group of people enough was enough and they decided to do something about it.

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Town Council Approves Forward Plan for 2018-19

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Bridgwater points the way

At the Bridgwater Town Council Meeting of  2nd August , members unanimously supported the Forward Plan for 2018-19, agreed the 5 key priorities for co-operation with Sedgemoor District Council and actioned key issues raised by members of the public at the Annual Town Meeting.

Moving the motion, Town Council Leader Cllr Brian Smedley (Westover) said “Following our meeting with Sedgemoor’s Chief Executive, Alison Griffin, we agreed what our 5 priorities for co-operation would be.” Continue reading “Town Council Approves Forward Plan for 2018-19”

Bridgwater Town Council Appoints New Town Clerk

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Newly appointed Bridgwater Town Clerk David Mears

Bridgwater Town Council has  announced the appointment of David Mears as Town Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer, in succession to Alan Hurford who is to retire after 15 years in the role. David has been Town Clerk of Langport for some 5 years and has wide experience with several local councils as well as having been a former Town Councillor in Chard. David will take up the post later in the year.

Alan Hurford said ‘David is very well qualified, ambitious and looking for a new challenge. Bridgwater, one of the more forward looking local councils, will certainly welcome him and provide that challenge’. Continue reading “Bridgwater Town Council Appoints New Town Clerk”

Town Bridge Finally to get Lit Up

Town Bridge

Bridgwater Town Council has welcomed the long awaited go ahead for works to install lighting to Bridgwater’s Town Bridge which will start next week (Monday 30th July).   This  architectural lighting will be programmable to change colour for different times of year and for different events etc.Works on site will take five working days to complete by 3rd August. There will then be a period of commissioning and programming which will take a week or two.

A Sedgemoor Spokesperson said “The scheme is one of the projects within  the Bridgwater Town Centre Support scheme, supported by CIM funds from EDF Energy.An official launch will take place later in the year when the nights are drawing in. Continue reading “Town Bridge Finally to get Lit Up”