Beehive build could start in March

09:43 04 February 2013

Friends of the Beehive celebrate a significant milestone after raising £30,000 for the new community centre in Honiton. Councillor Vernon Whitlock receives a cheque from Cosmic Ethical IT.

Friends of the Beehive celebrate a significant milestone after raising £30,000 for the new community centre in Honiton. Councillor Vernon Whitlock receives a cheque from Cosmic Ethical IT.

Archant

Transfer of land at Dowell Street given the go-ahead.

The Beehive Community Centre in Honiton has moved a step closer and building work could start as soon as next month. This comes after East Devon District Council agreed the transfer of land at Dowell Street car park to Honiton Town Council.

The town council has already selected a contractor for the project and it is hoped contracts can be signed in the next two weeks to allow for work to start in March.

Councillor Andrew Moulding, the deputy leader of the district council, said: “We are very pleased to be supporting this project and bringing localism to life in Honiton. It’s important that we keep a firm eye on our assets and how they can best be used, and this is a great example of good asset management having a really positive impact.

“We have agreed some sensible principles which make sure that the district and its taxpayers would not miss out if the land were eventually used for something of a higher land value, for example local housing.

“However, the focus is very much on seeing a good quality and much sought-after community centre and town hub provided for Honiton residents and those from surrounding villages and communities.”

Alternative parking for residents, who regularly use the car park overnight, are being arranged and people will be contacted directly before any work begins.

In a move similar to the process the district council followed when it made land available at Sidmouth for the Stowford Community Centre, councillors agreed that they would waive the right to dispose of the land – estimated to be worth between £360,000 and £430,000 – at the full market value, referred to in Government policy as “less than best value”.

The multi-purpose building will include a central hall with seating capacity of 300 plus, a café/ bar area, function rooms and offices to cater for the centre manager, together with staff from the town council, the Robert Owen Communities (ROC) and registration service.

Town councillor Nick Cornwell, who chairs the joint Beehive Steering Group between the town and district council, said: “This has been a truly historic week for Honiton.

“On Monday the Town Council approved the appointment of the building contractor, having established that we have the funding for the build in place – and now we are to be given the freehold of the land. After years of delays and hitches, things really are coming together now.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

12:30
Ollie holding his cards next to his mum Karen.

When single mum Karen Jones discovered her autistic son making himself birthday cards because he has no friends, she set upon a crusade – appealing to strangers to make his special day one to remember.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:30
Seaton Jurassic's popular cafe. Picture: MATT AUSTIN

The £4million visitor attraction, which welcomed more than 20,000 visitors since opening in April, is proud to promote a taste of Devon to its customers.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:12
Archie Whitton.

Archie Whitton, 10, picked up the gavel last month and sold several items, including a mahogany mirror and a Lancaster bomber pilot’s suitcase.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:30
Abbie Munt and Lauren Moore

Lauren Moore, 22, and Abbie Munt, 20, who work at Specsavers in Honiton, completed the 5k Pretty Muddy challenge at Exeter’s Westpoint Showground recently.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00
Pecorama cheque presentation to Parkinsons UK.

Pecorama near Beer has raised £1,500 for charity, split equally between Parkinson’s UK and the MS Society.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:36
Axe Valley Community College students with their GCSE results (l to r) Jasmine Hawkins, Phoebe Diepenbloek and Sophie  Summerbee, all 16 and from Seaton Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Some impressive exam performances at schools and colleges in Axminster, Colyton, Lyme Regis and Honiton .

Read more
Yesterday, 09:01
Roosting greater horseshoe bats. Photo: John J Kaczanow.

Bats in East Devon should see a better future thanks to the generous response to a Devon Wildlife Trust fundraising appeal – but more support is needed for the target to be met.

Read more
Wed, 17:30
Grey bins will only be emptied every three weks from next February

The drive was first trialled by New Feniton and Exmouth residents who were asked to add cardboard and mixed plastics to their weekly recycling collections.

Read more
Wed, 14:25
Mark Wakely is counting on your votes.

Public support has sent a Sidmouth plumber into the final of a national competition.

Read more
Wed, 11:30
(L-R): Megan Evans, Abi Evans, Sonney Nicholls, Ashton Beck, Tyler Rawlings, Charlie Reed and Connor Wilson.

East Devon’s Alex Gibson and Mark Gerry took seven youngsters to the park to take part in team building challenges.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 13°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications