Ambitious plans formed to fill every shop in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 11:00 29 August 2015

Honiton Chamber of Commerce chairman Colin Wright.

Honiton Chamber of Commerce chairman Colin Wright.

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Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce chairman Colin Wright says the move will bring more light to the town centre.

Honiton Chamber of Commerce chairman Colin Wright has launched a campaign to fill every shop in town by the end of next year.

The ambitious plans have been tabled to bring ‘a bit more light’ into Honiton’s town centre.

Colin said: “We have about 10 empty shops out of 200 in town, but we would like the vast majority of them filled.

“You will never ever get all of them filled, though - that is a pie-in-the-sky idea.

“Honiton has great potential as a shopping destination - we are actually aiming for residents of Cranbrook to come to Honiton to shop. We have lovely little shops in Honiton, side streets and bars and restaurants, which are really going to welcome people.”

Colin has also earmarked the future opening of Honiton Youth Club as a positive venture.

He hopes the opening will attract youngsters into the town.

Colin said: “We are also looking forward to working with a new, young town council to help promote what Honiton has to offer.

“We want to vanquish the image that we are a town solely for farming communities - we are much more than that. We are an old town with a young heart.”

Colin will be aiming to meet landowners, shop owners and leaseholders with a view to having a rent reduction on empty outlets in town.

To get behind the campaign, email colin.wright01@btinternet.com

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