Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council



Council braced for disruption as waste strike looms

Industrial action by members of the Unite union is due to start on Wednesday 12 July, striking on Wednesday, Thursday Friday, each week for the four weeks from Wednesday 12 July to Friday 4 August.

The council and its collections contractor Suez UK will redeploy staff to try and limit the damage but expect many missed collections of recycling, refuse and garden waste will be unavoidable.

A dedicated web page www.somerset.gov.uk/strike is the best place for the latest updates on strike action and advice on how to manage when your collections are missed.

Residents are asked to:

  • Put waste out on the usual day but expect missed collections.
  • Put it out before 7am, even if your collection is usually later.
  • If recycling or garden waste is missed, bring it back in until your next collection day. Don’t report it.
  • If refuse or clinical is missed, leave it out and report it as missed, online if possible.

From 17 July onwards crews will accept one additional black sack of refuse at the side of the bin.

Extra recycling will also be accepted, if presented as below:

  • Plastics and cans in an open bag, like a bag for life, or a carboard box.
  • Glass needs to stay in your recycling box.
  • Cardboard folded and placed next to your recycling box, please keep to a minimum.
  • Food waste must stay in your food waste bin, but as a last resort can be double-bag and put it in your refuse bin.

There will be extra possible collection days for people whose recycling is missed in the first week of the strike:

  • If recycling is missed on Wednesday 12 July, put it out again on Monday 17 July.
  • If recycling is missed on Thursday 13 July, put it out again on Tuesday 18 July.
  • If recycling is missed on Friday 14 July and Friday 21 July put it out again on Monday 24 July.

All 16 of Somerset’s recycling sites will be open as usual and can take almost all the materials collected at the kerbside, as well as refuse as a last resort. 

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Financial Risk Management Policy - March 2023

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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