Don't miss a story sign up to Midweek Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Webster’s battle is finally won

10:30 06 March 2014

The former Busy Bee shop in Axminster which the district  council

The former Busy Bee shop in Axminster which the district council's conservation team said was an asset to the street scene. Councillors disagreed and say it can be demolished. Photo by Chris Carson

Archant

Victory after 30-year campaign to demolish Axminster town centre eyesore – as planners approve temporary car park scheme

Campaigners have won their 30-year battle to rid Axminster of its biggest town centre eyesore.

District council planners this week approved the demolition of the former Webster’s Garage and adjoining derelect shop to make way for a temporary car park after hearing impassioned pleas from local councillors and residents.

The Development Management Committee had been recommended to reject the scheme after its conservation team said the former Busy Bee florists shop, next to Websters, was an asset to the street scene and should not be pulled down.

But in the face of overwhelming opposition to that view the committee voted unanimously to approve the application from site owners Hallmark Estates, subject to reports regarding trees and wildlife on the site.

Welcoming a “victory for common sense” their agent Graham Barton praised the Midweek Herald for publicising the town’s campaign to rid Axminster of the ugly eyesore.

0 comments

Other News Stories

14:00
Election 2015

The date for the referendum for whether Britain stays in the European Union is Thursday, June 23.

Read more
11:46
Colyton Grammar School Ten Tors 55mile team B

Students praised for their dedication in tackling this year’s tough Dartmoor walking challenge

Read more
07:54
Rob Gibson (left) and  Paul Hawkins on the Isle of Wight

Pair complete the Isle of Wight 106km race in less than 20 hours

Read more
Yesterday, 18:31
Dr Simon Singh MBE

The organisers of Sidmouth Science Festival are delighted to announce that a celebrated science communicator will be joining this year’s event.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:18

Tickets to all town council events are available until Tuesday, June 7.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:56
Shane Morgan

Chamber of Commerce to adopt a more informal way of operating

Read more
Sunday, May 22, 2016
mhw Diary

Seats are still available for Axminster Heritage’s coach trip to Mottisfont Abbey, near Romsey, on Monday, June 20, when visitors should be able to see the historic rose garden at its best.

Read more
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Demolition work is underway on the former Honiton Royal British Legion building. Ref mhh 17-16AW 4563. Picture: Alex Walton

Up to eight homes could be built in Honiton if proposals are given the green light by district planners.

Read more
Sunday, May 22, 2016

Plant Hunting in South Africa will be the subject of Mark Wash’s talk to Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society’s meeting on Wednesday, May 25.

Read more
Sunday, May 22, 2016
The JHS railings in Axminster. Ref mha 16-16SH 1586. Picture: Simon Horn

Here is another selection of cropped images taken by Herald photographers for you to peruse.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

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