‘100K still to raise’ for the Beehive

PUBLISHED: 14:48 06 December 2012 | UPDATED: 14:58 06 December 2012

Councillor Sharon Pavey.

Councillor Sharon Pavey.

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“Now is the time to rally round,” says Honiton Town Councillor Sharon Pavey.

A Honiton councillor says “now is the time to rally round” for the Beehive Community Centre as contracts for the facility go out to tender.

Councillor Sharon Pavey made the comments at a meeting of Honiton Town Council’s policy committee last week during discussion about the new community centre.

She said: “Everybody who wants this to happen needs to be involved with fund-raising - now is the time to rally round.”

During the meeting, the council agreed a company limited by guarantee be set up to govern the centre, which will be owned by the town council.

It will also have additional directors from Friends of the Beehive who will represent the community.

The company will be supported by an advisory board and a range of user groups.

Councillor Nick Cornwell said the council could look at another governance structure if it wanted to once the project was off the ground.

Councillors agreed that a manager for the centre be found as early as possible. Councillor Les Bayliss advised that the manager would need six months to ‘bed in’ and start booking events prior to the centre opening.

Councillor Vivienne Ash said: “We need to get it right when we open the doors. If we don’t get it right, people will walk with their feet.”

She told the council that start-up costs would be needed for marketing the new centre and funding sources needed to be looked into urgently and whether money was going to be taken from reserves while it waits on grant applications.

Councillor Cornwell added: “We have had some money for start-up costs and have budgeted where the money is going to come from - money from Section 106 and other grants. We still have £100,000 to raise.”

“Although there is a little money there, we have got to keep raising money. We know it could be very tight.”

The project is going out to tender soon and Councillor Whitlock advised that the build should take 42 weeks and the centre should be open by this time next year.

He said: “We need to be using the centre as much as we possibly can.” He also advised fund-raising would need to continue for a manager.

It was agreed that the governance project group would look at staffing and make recommendations to the council in January.

The council will be looking to arrange for local community groups to meet with the architect and contractor to look at the plans.


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