Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge
is a civil parish
in the Sedgemoor
district of Somerset
. It has a population of 18,922 (2001 census). The parish contains the towns Burnham-on-Sea
Burnham-on-Sea urban district
was created in 1894. In 1933 it annexed Highbridge urban district. This combined urban district became a civil parish
in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972
The parish council
has responsibility for local issues, including setting an annual precept (local rate) to cover the council’s operating costs and producing annual accounts for public scrutiny. The parish council evaluates local planning applications and works with the local police, district council officers, and neighbourhood watch
groups on matters of crime, security, and traffic. The parish council's role also includes initiating projects for the maintenance and repair of parish facilities, as well as consulting with the district council on the maintenance, repair, and improvement of highways, drainage, footpaths, public transport, and street cleaning. Conservation matters (including trees and listed buildings) and environmental issues are also the responsibility of the council.
The village falls within the Non-metropolitan district
, which was formed on April 1, 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972
, which is responsible for local planning
and building control
, local roads, council......