Council likely to proceed with community centre plan

More consultation is recommended following low turnout for town poll in Honiton.

HONITON Town Council looks set to proceed with controversial plans for a �1.75 million community centre and offices – despite an overwhelming ‘no’ vote from residents who took part in last week’s town poll.

Following a meeting, held in private, on Monday, councillors are recommending further consultation.

They are to consider the following recommendation at a further meeting, on July 12: “Following consideration of the town poll, the town council is concerned about the low turnout and will be having discussions with its stakeholders to ascertain how to gain a wider point of view.

“In the meantime, the town council is close to finalising the planning application, which will cost a relatively small amount of money, but will allow further consultation and will enable the town council to move ahead with plans at an appropriate time.”

Just 10.35 per cent of the electorate voted in the poll.