Axminster Carpets responds to project jeopardy

PUBLISHED: 17:03 18 March 2010 | UPDATED: 01:03 16 June 2010

AXMINSTER Carpets has responded to the announcement that lottery funding has been refused for a heritage centre in the town.

AXMINSTER Carpets has responded to the announcement that

lottery funding has been refused for a heritage centre in the town.

The company had supported Axminster Heritage Limited's bid to fully develop a centre at its Thomas Whitty House, in Silver Street.

But the centre's application for £200,000 was turned down - and the centre has a time limit to use another £200,000 awarded by Devon County Council.

A spokesman for the company said: "Axminster Carpets was

saddened to hear the news that lottery funding for the Axminster Heritage project was not forthcoming on this occasion.

"Whilst disappointed, the Company will continue to help Axminster Heritage in their aim to set-up up a centre for the town, celebrating the town's history, particularly the link to the production of famous and world class quality carpet.

"We hope Axminster Heritage continue in their quest to find the funds needed."

The committee hopes to raise a total of £1.5 million for the centre, which could attract as many as 20,000 visitors to the town when its fully operational.

Cntre chairman John Church said they would continue to look for funding elsewhere.

He added: "We are appreciative of the support Axminster Carpets has given us over the years and their continued support.


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