Bridgwater Town Council talk Civic Enhancement

Town Clerk Alan Hurford

Town Clerk Alan Hurford

First published in News

PART of a £240,000 fund dedicated to enhancing Bridgwater could pot-entially be released to support projects within the Celebration Mile.

As reported, the multi-million pound Celebration Mile project aims to introduce a pedestrian route from Bridg-water station to the docks and tidy up several areas of the town.

The ideas within the project – which includes improving signage, creative seating and lighting, enhancing green spaces and putting art on blank walls – have been welcomed.

Now Bridgwater Town Council has said there is a possibility that cash from its Civic Enhancement Fund, which has only been used once since being built up between 2006 to 2009, could be used to support some of the ideas.

Bridgwater town clerk Alan Hurford told the Mercury: “The fund is made up of town council reserves and held in a bond with the NatWest Bank.

“Elected members have a say on what it’s spent on so they could invite interest in projects.

“We’ve made one payment from the fund towards the refurbishment of West Quay over and above works; that was £48,000 including VAT, which we recover, so £38,400 has been used.

“It could contribute to match-funding for an element of the Celebration Mile, such as lighting up the town bridge.

“It’s not that we’re not spending money on the town, it’s just that there hasn’t been a call for money from the CEF, which currently stands at £200,858.”

Bridgwater resident David Preece is urging for the fund to be used. He said: “The fund was raised as a special precept on the ratepayer and I think it’s time we saw it being spent.

“We could spend some of the money on the Town Hall such as improving the changing rooms and the stage area.

“We need to think about what this could be spent on.”

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