Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council



New Leader and Executive confirmed at Somerset County Council

A new Leader and Executive have been announced at Somerset County Council’s Annual General Meeting – the first since May’s elections.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Bill Revans was confirmed as Leader of the Council and announced that Cllr Liz Leyshon will take on the role of Deputy Leader.

Cllr Mike Best was elected to the post of Chair of the Council and Cllr Hazel Prior-Sankey to the Vice-Chair role. The appointments were proposed by the Liberal Democrat Group and unanimously supported by councillors at the meeting.

The Council’s Cabinet will be replaced by an Executive, with Cabinet Members now known as Lead Executive Members and Junior Cabinet Members known as Associate Lead Members.

In his address to Full Council, Cllr Revans said: “I am determined that within the boundaries set by the Government, this administration will strain every part of what a unitary council can do to support our vision of a fairer Somerset, a greener Somerset, a more flourishing Somerset. A Somerset that cares for all and listens to all its residents.

“Under our leadership – the new Somerset Council will be built on the shared values, that run through our communities. In putting together a team to deliver that vision I have invited members of my group to support me as Executive Lead Members. Given the volume of work they will have to get this process over the line in the coming ten months, I have also asked ten Associate Lead Members to support them.”

The new Executive Lead Members and their areas of responsibility are as follows:

  • Deputy Leader of the Council and Lead Member on Finance and Human Resources – Cllr Liz Leyshon
  • Lead Member for Children and Families – Cllr Tessa Munt
  • Lead Member for Adult Social Care – Cllr Heather Shearer
  • Lead Member for Transport and Digital – Cllr Mike Rigby
  • Lead Member for Public Health, Equalities and Diversity – Cllr Adam Dance
  • Lead Member for Local Government Reorganisation and Prosperity – Cllr Val Keitch
  • Lead Member for Environment and Climate Change – Cllr Sarah Dyke
  • Lead Member for Development and Assets – Cllr Ros Wyke
  • Lead Member for Communities – Cllr Federica Smith-Roberts

Associate Lead Members (previously known as Junior Cabinet Members):

  • Associate Lead Member for Governance and Communications – Cllr Derek Perry
  • Associate Lead Member for Finance – Cllr Peter Seib
  • Associate Lead Member for Education – Cllr Caroline Ellis
  • Associate Lead Member for Adults – Cllr Mike Stanton
  • Associate Lead Member for Transport & Digital – Cllr Mike Hewitson
  • Associate Lead Member for Public Health – Cllr Ross Henley
  • Associate Lead Member for Economic Development & Inward Investment– Cllr David Woan
  • Associate Lead Member for Environment & Climate Change – Cllr Dixie Darch
  • Associate Lead Member for Development & Assets – Cllr Sarah Wakefield
  • Associate Lead Member for Communities – Cllr Nicola Clark

The Executive will be responsible for all County Council services and oversee the Local Government Reorganisation programme to establish the new single unitary council on 1 April next year. Then from 1 April 2023, they will be responsible for all services that are currently delivered by the county and four district councils, ranging from adults’ and children’s social care to highways and housing, and from libraries to planning and licensing.

Cllr Revans added: “It is important to us that this council has a positive relationship with Somerset residents. And we all know that the key to any successful relationship is listening. I want us to be a listening council. To use the move to unitary and the development of Local Community Networks to give residents a genuine role in shaping how the new council will operate. This is a county of communities and I want community voices heard.”

Full details of the appointments to Cabinet and other Council committees will be available on the Council’s website www.somerset.gov.uk.  

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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. 

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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.
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