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”

Quayside Festival set for July 21st

QuaysideIt was only a few years ago that the Bridgwater Cultural Partnership was set up in the wake of the Big Bash Festival in the town’s historic Castle street and people basically said ‘This is what we want’. Bridgwater Town Council has set aside £7,000  funding for the last two years to help make it happen. Even more  funding came in from Sedgemoor and through a CIM funding bid. What we have today is the Quayside Festival  which will be held this year on Saturday July 21st . An  exciting free outdoor arts summer festival for Bridgwater, Sedgemoor and Somerset and  celebrating local culture and diversity with national, international and local performers, artists and musicians.

Organisers, Fuse Performance,  are creatively producing a professional programme of extraordinary performances in the Town Centre of Bridgwater for all the family to enjoy.

To see what they did last year click here.

To look back at the Big Bash click here. Continue reading “Quayside Festival set for July 21st”

Bridgwater Tourism Forum Launched

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Diogo Rodrigues and Emma Rathbone at the Tourism Forum launch event

At a well attended meeting packed with positive energy and enthused with a ‘can do’ spirit, Bridgwater Town Council and its partners launched their new Tourism Forum, inspired by presentations from UWE students entitled ‘Thinking Big in Bridgwater’ and a talk by sales manager of the new Mercure Hotel, Emma Rathbone, which described tourism as a major opportunity for the town to ‘up its offer’ for both tourists and residents alike.

Town Council Leader, Cllr Brian Smedley, said afterwards “The meeting was a great success. The architecture students used Bridgwater as a template for their ideas and came up with some great solutions which shows that people can be inspired by our town and think outside the box. The Mercure is one of several hotels that have recognised the renaissance occurring here in Bridgwater and this gives us the perfect opportunity to create things for the influx of tourists to do in the town and at the same time establish a legacy for the people who live here. Bridgwater is a creative town and we need to build on our Cultural Partnership, our heritage offer and our abundance of waterways and we’ll create a very special offer for a Bridgwater of the immediate future.” Continue reading “Bridgwater Tourism Forum Launched”