AS a result of Somerset Council's ongoing financial emergency, Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Town Council has been forced to make changes which will increase residents' council tax in the area.

A spokesperson for the town council said: "The town council has been asked to consider taking over/funding some of the services that Somerset Council will no longer be able to fund, this could include street cleaning, removal of fly tipping, the provision of public conveniences, management of play areas and community transport services. 

"For the town council to be able fund any additional service, it will have to significantly increase its budget and precept request, which will increase residents' Council Tax payments."

Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Town Council is holding a consultation to understand what residents’ priorities are in order to decide on what services to fund and manage.

The town council is unlikely to be able to cover all the service costs, so the community’s views are vital.

Two drop-in consultation events will be held for locals to make their voices heard.

The dates, times, and locations are as follows.

  • Tuesday 12th December 1600 – 1830 at The Morland Hub, Pearce Drive, Highbridge.
  • Wednesday 13th December 1600-1830 at The Princess Theatre, Princess Street Burnham-on-Sea.

Residents are urged to attend one of the events to meet with the Councillors and to see what services are at risk, the costs involved and to give their opinions on which services the Town Council should financially support.