Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council



Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council is the local authority for the two towns of Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge. It is the second tier of local government after Somerset  Council .

The Town Council has 18 councillors who are elected every 4 years. The current Members will serve until May 2028 and are elected across 5 wards.

The Council year runs from May to April and it is at the Annual Meeting of the Town Council in May that the Town Mayor is elected for the year. The Mayor is the chairman of the Council.

The Annual Meeting also elects Members to its committees and carries out administrative ‘housekeeping’.

The Town Council works closely with the principal authority of  Somerset  Council to improve and maintain streets, footpaths, recreation areas, open spaces and the beach.

The Town Council has responsibility for three cemeteries, the Princess Theatre & Arts Centre and two allotment sites. It supports local groups through grant funding and is the grass roots level of government that gives a voice to local people.

Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council employs a qualified Town Clerk and meets the criteria required to use the General Power of Competence, as granted by the Localism Act 2011. This power permits the Council to do anything an individual can do, unless prohibited by law (and subject to public law principles).

Each year, around November, the Town Council calculates how much money it will need to provide services for the following year and agrees the precept. This sum is levied on Somerset Council and is collected by that Council as a proportion of the total council tax paid by households in Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge. In the financial year 2023/24 the precept is £768,500.

Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council is insured , carrying Public Liability and Employers Liability insurance.

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Grant Application Kings Coronation Form

The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

– The event will be open to all members of the public

– The event will be free of charge

– The event will take place within the Coronation weekend

– The event will take place within Burnham on Sea or Highbridge


Applications will close on Monday 6th March at midday. 

Your organisation and contact details

What happens next....
Applications will be considered at the Finance and Resources Committee Meeting on Monday 13th March 2023. You will be notified after this date whether your application has been successful.
Burnham & Highbridge Town Council takes your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information for the purposes of contacting you about this grant. The Council’s privacy notice can be found here.

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