As Bridgwater’s long promised Tidal Barrier edges its way towards reality, a major setback has been highlighted by the Inland Waterways Association who have criticised a decision by the Project Board who have refused to reserve land within the bypass channel to enable the future construction of a lock and approach channels for navigation. Bridgwater Town Council has now joined the IWA in calling for this decision to be reversed .
Town Councils portfolio holder for ‘Economy’ Cllr Mick Lerry (Victoria) said “Bridgwater Town Council, along with IWA, believed that there were no further concerns relating to this request and that the reservation of the land was fully achievable. It is very disappointing to hear that the Project Board has decided not to reserve the land needed for the future construction of a lock and approach channels as part of the Scheme. This decision will have a negative impact on our local area and goes against all our plans for future-proofing the region.”Continue reading “Town Leaders call on District Council and Environment Agency to reverse ‘short sighted’ Decision on Tidal Barrier”
This weekend saw the launch of the first Seed the Day Festival, the latest endeavour by Bridgwater Town Council to get their message across to the people through the means of a series of parties. Organiser Cllr Li Gibson had said in advance “Not only will the event bring a vibrant and dynamic street fair and indoor market to the town it will also explore issues around climate change and investigating greener living, sustainability and diversity.” So, the festival went ahead, the sun shone and the people turned up. But did it achieve what it set out to?
The 2019 Somerset Socialist History Conference is taking place in Bridgwater on Saturday September 14th. Hosted by Bridgwater Trades Union Council, the event is seeking to attract a wide variety of local, regional and national enthusiasts who have a left-wing view of our past, present and future. Sessions will be held on Bridgwater Women shirt makers on strike in 1912; the Amritsar Massacre of 1919, an event which for many historians began the beginning of the end of the British Empire; Riot and rebellion in Somerset Guy Fawkes and Carnival celebrations; Coal mining and communism in the Rhondda Valley; “Britain’s Brown Babies”-the story of Somerset children born to fathers who were WW2 black USA soldiers; and finally a film with commentary on the Portuguese uprising of 1974-“The Carnation Revolution”-when the Portuguese people overthrew the last of their fascist dictators.
Dave Chapple, Bridgwater TUC Secretary and Conference Organiser, said: “There are many different ways to study, write and learn from history. One that retains special interest for trades unionists and socialists is a history that focuses on the endless but occasionally successful struggles of workers and the poor, to redress sufferings and injustices. Of course such injustices continue today, but to hear how our predecessors found new ways to lift up their heads and proclaim their rights cannot fail to inspire us.”
This Friday 6th September, Bridgwater Together will be staging an evening of international music at Bridgwater Arts Centre from 8 to 11 for just £10. Headline act THE VILLAINS, a top blues band from the Czech Republic, have been on the cards for some time but today the 4 International support acts have been announced and the evening is shaping up to be a night to remember. Until Saturday morning when you can all get up and go to the Arts Centre again at 10am for the Seed the Day Festival, which also has an all day music line up….just about to be announced too.
Antonio and Celio from East Timor will be playing a selection of electronic folk music from the Pacific rim, while Mariuszfrom Poland will be presenting a selection of original piano pieces. Reggae man Ras Bruno from Portugal will be up there blasting out dub tracks with a new live ‘melodica’ overlay and Brian and Yvette -an Anglo-Irish-Belgian 2 piece in 4 even quarters, will be holding the show together with spontaneous folk songs on guitar and vocals from around the world. But mainly from them.
The event will be held at Bridgwater Arts Centre on Friday 6th September. Doors will open from 7.30pm and tickets are now on sale and will be available on the door for just £10.
Bridgwater Together was formed 3 years ago to bring together the various international communities in the town and work with the host community. Their annual event featuring music, talks, exhibitions and food will be held this year at the Engine Room on Saturday October 12th.
As part of the new Fore Street enhancement project information signs went up today and the centre piece was a new ‘Twinning Sign’ which pointed to Bridgwater’s 7 twin towns showing that whether you love or hate Brexit, Bridgwater is still a place open to the world, outward looking and internationalist. Along with the twinning feature a series of signs replaced the out of date street furniture pointing visitors in the direction of key amenities ranging from the Blake Museum to West Quay, the Eastover shops, Bridgwater Station, the Engine Room, the Arts Centre and the Town Hall. The signposts are part of a wider £310,000 enhancement scheme known as the ‘Bridgwater Town Centre Support Project’ and the £130,000 Fore Street element includes hanging baskets and flower tubs, replacement trees, new seating, cycle racks, lamp-posts, repaving and other landscaping bid for through EDF’s Community Mitigation Fund (£116,070) and assisted with some Bridgwater Town Council (£35,000) & Sedgemoor District Council (£148,000) money plus £10,000 from Bridgwater Town Team. The bid was submitted by Bridgwater Town Council and taken to two public meetings, both of which supported the proposals.