On Remembrance Sunday the Mayor of Bridgwater Cllr Tony Heywood placed 2 wreaths on the town’s cenotaph. One from himself as mayor and one on behalf of the people of the town. He was joined by just 5 other people. The MP, Ian Lidell-Grainger, the Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council Cllr Peter Clayton and Klaus Galeitzke Chairman of the Royal British Legion, Bridgwater Branch. Cllr Brian Smedley Leader of the Town Council filmed the event and the Police arrived 5 minutes later. The event was held at 0830 and everyone was 2 metres apart in accordance with Covid regulations. 6 people were present. Two minutes silence was observed, started and finished by Klaus Galeitzke who said “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them.” On Armistice Day (Wednesday 11th November) the Mayor was again in attendance but with civic leaders taking a lower profile as the Royal British Legion honoured the dead with banners, bugles and poetry. About 60 people were in attendance
An exciting new compilation album of songs by some of the UK’s top live acts is being released to help the music industry as the impact of the covid-19 pandemic begins to be felt. Lockdown Songs, features tracks donated by such names as Neville Staple of The Specials, The Dead South, Ferocious Dog, Mad Dog Mcrea and CoCo & The Butterfields. The money raised from the sale of the album will create work opportunities for booking agents who are at the sharp end, as live music is put on hold for the foreseeable future. The album is the brainchild of Midnight Mango, one of the UK’s leading booking agencies and based here in Sedgemoor.
Sedgemoor planners have deferred a decision to change the former hairdressers on West Quay to a late night chicken takeaway. The committee were not convinced that adequate waste management measures had been thought about and concerns were expressed about the lack of fire escape and the possible contribution to town centre anti social behaviour. Councillor Kath Pearce (Labour, Westover) and Cllr Li Gibson (Labour, Eastover) spoke against the plans and were supported by councillors Bill Revans (Lib Dem, North Petherton) and Mike Murphy (Lib Dem, Burnham North) and enough uncertainty in the committees mind was sown for them to consider deferring the application. Some councillors however were very keen for the proposal to go ahead, a charge led by Cllr Alaister Hendry (Con, Burnham South) who said “When have you ever seen a takeaway catch fire” and in relation to anti social behaviour “You can’t stop kids being silly”. The deferral was supported 13 votes to 1 against and 1 abstention.
The next meeting of the Bridgwater Town Council Police Priorities Forum will be held on Thursday November 12th at 1pm. The meeting will be held between representatives of the Policer and Town Councillors and will be on Zoom and subsequently available to the public. However, Town Council Leader Brian Smedley is asking members of the public to submit questions to him in advance email@example.com. Cllr Smedley said “The September meeting of the Police priorities forum had so many questions from members of the public that we couldn’t get through them all and , ironically, in the middle of questioning the Police were called away to attend an incident. This time we will include the questions held over from last time but we will start with new, current and ongoing issues. The aim of this forum is to make sure that what the Police see as ‘Priorities’ matches what the community expects. In recent weeks there’s been many incidents in the town centre but also we’ve seen on the news that this isn’t just a local problem as major incidents have been occurring from right across the Avon and Somerset region whether that’s raves in Yate or House Parties in Highbridge. Mainly the people need reassurance that the Police have their priorities correct and are making the best use of the resources available to them. Please send in your questions.”
Report of last months meeting here.