Axminster town centre car park opening ‘soon’

PUBLISHED: 06:59 15 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:39 17 June 2016

The mural at  the Axminster Websters site which is  soon to be opened as a town centre car park. Picture CHRIS CARSON

The mural at the Axminster Websters site which is soon to be opened as a town centre car park. Picture CHRIS CARSON

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Site of former derelict Websters Garage is finally set to become a valuable community asset

Axminster’s new town centre car park could be up and running within weeks, the Herald has been told.

Created on the site of the former Webster’s Garage – for decades the town’s biggest eyesore – the much-needed facility will be operated by NCP, which will set the charges.

Neal Hiscocks, of owners Hallmark Estates (Devon) Ltd, said: “After two successful planning applications along with the discharging of all conditions as of May 27, the site of the former Webster’s Garage is now clear to become a temporary car park ahead of its ultimate comprehensive and long-term regeneration.

“The planning journey has been a tortuous one with a number of twists, turns, humps and hurdles, but, at the end of the day, the development management committee of East Devon District Council comprehensively endorsed a scheme that can only bring new life, shoppers and thus trade to the bullseye centre of the town.”

Mr Hiscocks confirmed that Hallmark has been discussing final ‘tweakings’ of the lease with NCP - its first choice operator of the car park.

He added: “After 13 years on the project, I’ve learnt not to make time predictions, but we really are in the final throes of negotiations as far as having an operator in place are concerned. I’d be surprised if within four or five weeks there weren’t signs of activity in the form of car park creation works being commenced.”

He said the lease provides for a number of markets to be held on the site and possibly a car-wash, as well as being the location, in September, for the fairground during carnival week.

He added: “We’re also delighted to be hosting the magnificent mural detailing the town’s history.”


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