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All systems go for the Beehive

15:59 30 January 2013

Plans for the Beehive community centre.

Plans for the Beehive community centre.


Honiton Town Council selects a contractor for the project.

Plans to build the Beehive Community Centre in Honiton are moving forward - the town council has chosen a contractor for the project.

Honiton Town Council made the resolution during an extraordinary meeting on Monday night, but the name of the chosen builder has yet to be revealed.

The decision was made in private when proceedings went into two part B sessions from which the public and press were excluded.

Councillors also agreed to accept the transfer of land at Dowell Street from East Devon District Council (EDDC), subject to EDDC’s cabinet meeting today (Wednesday).

A meeting of the town council’s policy committee immediately followed on Monday night to discuss a fund-raising report for the project.

The report detailed the projected expenditure for the building’s construction, budgeted for £1,800,000.

The cost includes initial fitting out with items such as retractable seating.

The total expenditure for the project has been budgeted at £2,038,000, which also covers the costs of professional fees.

The report stated the income in-hand for the project stands at £1,978,200, which includes a loan from the Public Works Loan Board, Section 106 funding, an EDDC capital grant, as well as interest accrued so far. The figure includes £19,200, which has been raised by Friends of the Beehive.

The meeting heard that the fund-raising group has collected s totsl £30,000 towards the project over the last 12 months.

Councillor Nick Cornwell said: “We have always said the full build has been budgeted for £1.8million.

“The poignant issue has been, have we got the money to fit it out? The answer is yes.”

He added: “All respective tenders have come in on our budget.”

The total guaranteed income has been budgeted for £27,575.

The total income for the project is estimated at £2,005,775 and the balance outstanding has been budgeted as £32,225.

Councillor Peter Halse said: “If we look at these figures, it is a cause to congratulate ourselves on a really good job.

“To get as close to this quite large figure is tremendous and is an amazing achievement for this council.”

He also congratulated the work of Friends of the Beehive.

The meeting also heard separate reserves had been specifically earmarked for the project and were separate from the town council’s main reserves.

Councillor Whitlock said: “We have not taken money out of the general reserves. They haven’t been touched.”

The town council is expected to announce details of the contractor at a later date.


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