October Police Forum Report

Cllr Tim Mander Chair of the Police Forum

Bridgwater Councilors had a chance to question Police representatives together with the new Town Wardens over various crime and anti social behavior issues across the Town at the quarterly Police Forum meeting. The Bridgwater Town Council Police Forum is an opportunity for the public to raise issues through their councillors directly with the Police. Notice is given in advance and all councillors are invited to be present to meet and question a panel of police officers, PCSOs, and  Town Wardens.  Cllr Tim Mander (Labour, Westover) chaired the meeting and summed up the issues covered as follows:

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Anti-Social Behaviour Crackdown

Town Council working with Police to set priorities for the town

Bridgwater Labour welcomes the announcement from this week’s Labour Party conference regarding the proposal to tackle anti social behaviour in town centres.

The Labour Party announced the following: A five-point plan guaranteeing town centre patrols through 13,000 more neighbourhood police and PCSOs on the streets.

The Community Policing Guarantee also includes new commitments to ensure local people are involved in setting local policing priorities, tough new sentencing for assaults on retail workers, tougher police action on shoplifting and stronger powers for local councils, police and courts to introduce zero tolerance zones in town centres to stop antisocial behaviour.

Cllr Tim Mander and Cllr Kathy Pearce discuss ASB with Town Wardens

Cllr Tim Mander (Labour Westover) commented “Having worked in the town centre over the last 36 years I have witnessed the decline in behaviour particularly over the last 13 years of Tory austerity. Police resources have been decimated and lot of experienced officers have left. It is good at long last to have a government in waiting prepared to roll up their sleeves and tackle the issue of ASB which blights the lives of town centre residents”



Westover & Bridgwater South Planning decisions 10/10/2023

2 planning applications for our area were discussed at todays meeting. Both had been objected to by Bridgwater Town Council. Ward member Brian Smedley spoke in support of the Town Council objection and moved motions to object however both votes were lost

Ashleigh Terrace lost 6.3

North Street lost 8.1

Therefore both planning applications were approved by Somerset (North) planning zone


Planning Application 08/22/00194 Land to the East of 6, Ashleigh Mews, Ashleigh Terrace, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6  PDF 132 KB

To consider an aplication for the erection of a dwelling.


That application 08/22/00194 for the erection of a dwelling at land to the east of 6 Ashleigh Mews, Ashleigh Terrace, Bridgwater be approved subject to the conditions detailed within the report and an additional condition for biodiversity.

Planning application 08/23/00307 52 North Street, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 3PN  PDF 128 KB

To consider an application for the Change of use of dwelling to form an 8no. bedroom HMO (Home in Multiple Occupation).


That application 08/23/00307 52 North Street, Bridgwater to change the use of the dwelling to a 8 person HMO be APPROVED as detailed within the agenda report with the amendment to Condition 3.

Town Council Warm Rooms are Back for the Winter

Community Drop in at the Town Hall restarts October 17th

As the colder weather draws nearer and the community will once again be badly affected by high food prices and fuel poverty, Bridgwater Town Council has decided to re-run our popular ‘warm space’ from the Town Hall starting from Tuesday October 17th and going on through to the end of March 2024. Town Council Community Development officer Ann Marie Gould said “Last years warm space project was incredibly successful, and we enjoyed 20 weeks of opening the doors to the community and inviting organisations in to meet with the public. This year we will be following the same approach. There will be free hot and cold drinks, biscuits and snacks available, a provision to charge mobile phones, free Wi-Fi, a laptop which we can help visitors use, newspapers, puzzles, books etc. We will also be offering some free crafting sessions as they were really popular last year. Alongside this we like to signpost and support the visitors to the various charities and organisations which can help deal with not only fuel and food poverty but with the array of brilliant local support in many things including education, debt management, mental health and physical health, meaningful activities and food budgeting.”

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‘Born in the Wheel of a Wagon: Life & Leisure on the Road’

Town Councillor Dave Loveridge will feature in the Engine Room ‘Travellers’ event

Join us for an hour on Thursday 28th September at 6pm at the Engine Room to hear co-curators Yvette Staelens & Avril Silk talk about their exhibition:‘Born in the Wheel of a Wagon: Life & Leisure on the Road’ currently showing in the windows and cafeì of the Engine Room. This special display is timed to coincide with the annual Bridgwater St. Matthew’s Fair and reveals the lives of Travellers, as told by older members of the south-west Traveller community. It brings together photographs by Ted Franklin, recorded interviews and a book produced by MA Museum Studies students from Bournemouth University.

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