The small market town of Highbridge lies near the mouth of the River Brue in the County of Somerset, England. Highbridge is situated some 32 km north-west of Taunton and 11 km north of Bridgwater and is in close proximity to Burnham-on-Sea, a seaside resort.
Highbridge rose to importance because it is the location for a convenient crossing over the River Brue and thus the Romans appreciated the area for its navigable river and easy crossing to allow access to the route to and from Bristol and further afield into the South West of England. There is plenty of evidence of Roman occupation in the surrounding area and also evidence that a bridge across the River Brue at the Highbridge location has existed since the 14th century.
Hazards from old buildings
Light industry came to settle in and around Highbridge and the market town is also popular with commuters who cannot afford to live in Taunton, where house prices and rents are more expensive.
The town has steadily declined, however, and has seen many businesses and banks close their doors for good in the town centre. Near the former livestock market site stand the sad remains of a once glorious Georgian hotel, the Highbridge Hotel, which suffered a devastating fire in April 2008. Residents have long campaigned to save the Grade II listed remains of the building.
Leaving derelict fire damaged buildings like the Highbridge Hotel for years without repair and refurbishment is an old trick by owners, who speculate on the price of the land and hope to sell to developers. Over the years these sites deteriorate further, heavy weather and vandalism do the rest. Fences fall to pieces and children can stray onto such sites, not realising the danger they’re in. Warning signs are smashed or painted over with graffiti, and wooden barriers meant to keep intruders out become a hazard likely to fall on passers-by.
If you or your child has suffered injuries in an accident resulting from a property owner’s negligence, you can think about making an accident claim in Highbridge.
Where can you start making an accident claim in Highbridge?
Call Accident Advice on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone and speak to an adviser about making an accident claim in Highbridge. Explain the circumstances of your accident and if your accident happened in the last 3 years, you may well qualify for making an accident claim in Highbridge and get compensation. The adviser can allocate your claim to one of our no-win, no-fee lawyers if you wish to proceed. Call now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993.