Community centre plans are being amended

PUBLISHED: 15:30 24 March 2010 | UPDATED: 01:04 16 June 2010

PLANS for a £1.75 million community centre have been sent back to architects to be amended – following points raised during a three-week public consultation period.

PLANS for a £1.75 million community centre have been sent back to architects to be amended - following points raised during a three-week public consultation period.

Honiton Town Council's planning committee will look again at the amended plans before deciding whether or not to submit them to East Devon District Council for approval.

The town council received 113 written responses during the public consultation.

Of those, the council says 62 were in favour of the scheme, 39 were against and 12 contained "general comments".

As a result of feedback from the public, proposed changes to the plan include the addition of a separate entrance for the registrar's office, a larger disabled toilet and more storage space.

Six people have signed the agenda for a public meeting, which will be held on March 30, to decide if a town poll should be held over the council's plans to develop the centre.

Ken Sherman, chairman of the Northcote Lane Area Residents' Association, is spearheading the campaign for a town poll.

The other five signatories were: Ray Griffin, D Finlayson, Joanne Maxwell, Syd Taylor and Lilian Lane.

A public notice, advertising the meeting, says whether or not a poll will be held will be determined by electors' responses to the following wording: "The electorate, being aware of the current financial crisis and the effect that this will have on household budgets for the foreseeable future, should decide if the increase to council tax is acceptable.

"Other problems that must be considered are the loss of 42 car parking places when parking is already a serious problem in the town and the increase to an already escalating problem of traffic flow in Dowell Street.

"The electorate should be asked to declare 'yes' they agree for the town council to proceed or 'no' if they do not want the council to proceed."

Every household in Honiton will pay £9 a year in council tax, introduced over two years, to pay back a proposed loan of £975,000 towards the cost of developing the community centre, if the plan is given the final go-ahead.

The public meeting will be held in the council chamber at 7pm.

A poll will be held if 10 people or a third of those at the meeting call for one.

Honiton Town Council is not legally obliged to take note of a town poll result.


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