Demolition of Axminster eyesore set to go ahead

PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:37 11 February 2015

Neal Hiscocks at Webster's Garage in Axminster. Ref mhh 2001-06-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Neal Hiscocks at Webster's Garage in Axminster. Ref mhh 2001-06-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife


The demolition of Axminster’s biggest town centre eyesore finally looks set to go ahead.

Site owners revealed at the weekend that funding has now been secured to pull down the derelict Webster’s Garage to make way for a temporary car park.

Neal Hiscocks, director of Hallmark Estates (Devon) Ltd, told the Herald: “We’re delighted to announce that following securing a private finance arrangement, terms have been agreed and a contract placed with B T Wood Demolition Contractors for the total clearance of Webster’s ahead of its preparation as a town centre car park.

“Naturally, a major mixed commercial and residential regeneration scheme is the ultimate destiny one day for the site, but in the meantime we’re delighted to be finally removing these unsightly, redundant buildings from the streetscene.

“In practical terms, the demolition works will take three to four weeks followed by a likely similar period to create the landscaping detail and actual car-park functionality.”

“We’re incredibly grateful to the many members of the public and town and district councillors who’ve showed patience and understanding over the years whilst most recently the tremendous support in relation to the application to clear the entire site so as to create the car-park was quite literally heart-warming.”

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