Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council

Return of the High Street!

Return of the High Street!

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Sedgemoor District Council is working with shop-keepers, traders and larger national chain stores to prepare for the re-opening of High Streets and retail centres, following the Government announcement that non-essential shops can open from Monday, June 15.

Officers from Sedgemoor’s Environmental Health, Economic Development, Property Services, Clean Surroundings and Planning Teams are looking at ways to help customers visit shopping centres with confidence from June 15 and to help shop owners re-start their businesses safely.   In conjunction with town and parish councils and Chambers of Commerce in the main centres of Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea and Cheddar, Sedgemoor will be using a range of measures from temporary signage and pavement markings to regular deep cleaning and sanitiser stations.  Pavements in larger town centres in Sedgemoor will be given a power clean to make sure that the town centres are clean and welcoming to shoppers.

The Council is also in discussions with Somerset Highways Authority about possible changes to travel routes in some centres for cars, pedestrians and cyclists to allow for social distancing on pavements and outside shops.

A spokesman for the Council said it was pleased to support communities in gearing up for the reopening of their centres and was keen to see this done safely and sensitively.

“We are expecting this to be a gradual process, as we do not think all our shops will want to or be able to reopen straight away but we do have plenty of advice and guidance to help them to do so when they are

ready because we know the boost it will give to the local economy. We expect to adapt our plans in response to the needs of shoppers and traders as the situation unfolds.

“We suggest shoppers plan their visits, thinking about their routes and what they might wish to take for their own peace of mind, such as hand sanitisers and masks. We would ask people to be patient with shop workers who are following necessary precautions and with other shoppers.”

If businesses or shoppers have any concerns about the re-opening of the High Streets they can contact us for help or advice on 0300 303 7801 or economic.development@sedgemoor.gov.uk 

A set of Frequently Asked Questions will be available on SDC’s website next week – both for shop keepers and trader as well as shoppers and customers.

Claire Faun

Corporate Relations Manager

Sedgemoor District Council

Bridgwater House

King Square


Somerset    TA6 3AR

Tel:        01278 435320

Email:  pressoffice@sedgemoor.gov.uk

Web:     http://sedgemoor.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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