New Playpark at Cranleigh Gardens is Open

The new toddler play area in Eastover Park in Bridgwater has now been completed and is open for youngsters to enjoy for the summer holidays. There was an official ‘cut-the-ribbon’’ event on Wednesday, 25th August by chair of Sedgemoor Cllr Alan Bradford alongside Eastover ward councillors Glen Burrows and Tony Heywood. Cllr Burrows said “With…

Eastover Park Play Equipment

Whilst the new toddler play area in Eastover Park in Bridgwater has been completed and open for youngsters to enjoy for the summer holidays, there will be an official ‘cut-the-ribbon’’ event on Wednesday, 25th August between noon and 1400 hrs.    Everyone is welcome to come along, there will be a face painter and Action Pussycat with…

Salmon Parade Hospital Site: Watch this space!

The dilapidated state of the former Bridgwater Hospital on Salmon Parade has worried people for some time now. It has grown increasingly derelict, with both inside and outside the listed building being a target for vandals. But there is good news on the horizon. The owner of the building is now in regular contact with…

Call for nominations for The People Mural Project at the Quayside Festival 2021, 10th July

The People Mural Project will feature large portraits of local people who have helped others during the pandemic. The portraits will be pasted-up during the Quayside Festival on Saturday 10th July. The project aims to highlight people who would not normally be recognised. All nominations will be considered and we hope to represent a wide…

WE’RE LITTERALLY OVERWHELMED!

One of the major problems of our consumer society is the amount of waste we produce. When it comes to take-away food, there is the dual problem of excessive packaging and litter. The number of people who eat their burgers, drink their coffee and then throw the containers and wrappers on the streets, or in…

A CLEANER, SAFER BRIDGWATER

The Bridgwater Transport Forum, chaired by Councillor Glen Burrows, is exploring ways to make Bridgwater safer, cleaner and more welcoming. This is in response to concerns about the effects of air and noise pollution on our health and well-being. Cllr. Burrows said “ We want to create an environment that is safe and healthy for…

BUS BACK BETTER – opportunities for improved bus services in Somerset

The UK Government has just launched a new national bus strategy for England entitled Bus Back Better. The Government’s believes ‘buses are the easiest, cheapest and quickest way to improve transport”. This national Bus Strategy is backed by £3 billion of new funding and forms a key plank in the Government’s twin agenda of “Levelling…

LIVEABLE NEIGHBOURHOODS 

Bridgwater Transport Forum members have set up a working party, called “Liveable Neighbourhoods”,  to explore ways in which Bridgwater can be made safer, greener and more welcoming. In March 2019, Public Health England (PHE), published a review of evidence on how to improve air quality in the UK. Air pollution is our biggest environmental threat…

Eastover Temporary Traffic Flow Scheme Suspended

The recent arrangements to restrict traffic flow in Eastover, East Quay and Salmon parade were a temporary solution to a long-term problem which was recognised in the Eastover Supplementary Planning document, published in 2014:“A major barrier to pedestrian footfall in the town centre from Fore Street to Eastover is the East Quay / Town Bridge…

Engine Idling Contributes to Air Pollution

Bridgwater Transport Forum, working with Bridgwater Town Council, is launching a campaign to encourage drivers to switch off their engines when their vehicle is stationary. A 2019 report  linked 40,00 deaths each year to air pollution, and engine idling contributes to these deaths, by increasing exhaust fumes in the atmosphere, which contain carbon dioxide, nitrogen…