Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council

Town Council set to declare climate and ecological emergency

Town Council set to declare climate and ecological emergency

Burnham-on-sea and Highbridge Town Council is set to declare a climate and ecological emergency. 

A motion to declare this will be one of main agenda items for its meeting on Monday 1st August and is expected to gain support from across all parties.  The declaration will follow on from similar steps already taken by Somerset Council and Sedgemoor District Council to embed the need for urgent action at all levels of local government.  Amongst the specific measures that are part of the proposal are:

  • A pledge to work towards making council operations carbon neutral by 2030
  • The council to organise an open meeting of local community groups that collects ideas that will inform a Climate and Ecological Action Plan to last the lifetime of the Council.
  • To take nominations from the open meeting to form a Climate and Ecological Action Group that will create the Action Plan and drive it forward for the duration of this council.
  • Apply for funding to employ a Sustainability Officer to lead and drive the Action Plan forward

Councillor Ganesh Gudka says “I firmly believe that not only do we need to play our part in reducing carbon emissions to tackle climate change, but the drive to create a more sustainable town is a critical part of delivering other benefits such as tackling the cost of living crisis, energy security and supporting health and wellbeing.  Many groups are already doing fantastic work locally and I expect that the council’s declaration of an emergency is just a first step in supporting and building on their actions.”

The full agenda for the council meeting can be found at here.

The meeting will take place at 7:00pm on Monday 1 August 2022 at the Council Chamber, The Old Courthouse, Jaycroft Road, Burnham-on-Sea, TA8 1LE.

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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.
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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