Community centre: Three options for new site

PUBLISHED: 11:30 01 March 2011

This site is no longer available for a community centre in Honiton. Instead, EDDC is offering an adjacent car park, in Dowell Street.

This site is no longer available for a community centre in Honiton. Instead, EDDC is offering an adjacent car park, in Dowell Street.

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Briefing paper sets out possibilities for development on car park next to Honiton Magistrates’ Court.

A BRIEFING paper, circulated to councillors ahead of an extraordinary meeting of Honiton Town Council, sets out three possible options for the development of a community centre next to the magistrates’ court.

One of the options is to build the centre as previously outlined at a cost of £1.812m.

Two cheaper options have also been put forward. One is to build office facilities first, as phase one, at a cost of £1.144m, and the other is to build the shell of the building for £1.185m and fit out the second floor, lift and stairs in a second phase.

The briefing paper recommends the £1.185 million option, which will require maximum borrowing of £600,000.

It is understood the council is likely to ask East Devon District Council why its offer of the car park site is not on a freehold basis.

If the option is adopted, more talks will take place with community groups.


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