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. “
Finally Getting there
Town Clerk Alan Hurford said “This is a project the Town Council have been working towards and pushing for for a long long time and despite all the hurdles on the way finally is getting there. Seemed such a simple concept at the outset. This now brings our town, the River Parrett and our famous town bridge finally into line with most of the bridges of significance in the entire world.”
Town Centre is the focus
Town Council Leader and Westover councillor Brian Smedley said “This is an example of Bridgwater Town Council working in co-operation with Sedgemoor District Council and specifically through the Bridgwater Town Team. One of our stated aims is to work together whenever we can to deliver mutually beneficial projects. We have agreed to support bids to the EDF CIM fund – to release finances from their mitigation package, and the town centre is a particular area where we want people to see a difference as it’s an area that benefits the whole town. After some years now of the EDF works having a detrimental affect on town centre traders with the incessant roadworks we really need to see some movement on an upgrade for our main commercial area, improving the shopping offer and finally realising the hitherto fictitious Celebration Mile. Other CIM bid funded projects to boost the town centre have included the popular Quayside Festival, the imminent Fore street improvements and hopefully will include the new Library and Blake Gardens upgrade.”