Drive-in cinema for Axminster?

PUBLISHED: 07:50 03 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:28 05 February 2016

Websters Garage site at Axminster set to become a car  park and possibly a drive-in movie centre. Picture:  CHRIS CARSON

Websters Garage site at Axminster set to become a car park and possibly a drive-in movie centre. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

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Websters site could become a a multi use area as a car park, fairground and market

Axminster’s biggest town centre eyesore for more than three decades finally looks set to become a much–needed car park.

Redevelopment plans for the newly-demolished former Websters Garage could also see the site used to house the town’s historic street market - or even a drive-in cinema.

Neal Hiscocks, of site owners Hallmark Estates (Devon), told the Herald: “The next stage in the journey towards the new car park is for us to satisfy the remaining conditions attached to the planning consent - and our architects have got this process well under way.

“We hope to be submitting the requisite drawings to East Devon District Council within the next four weeks or so. They’ll then be considered in much the same way as an actual planning application would be.

“It has been mooted by others that the town’s Thursday street market could be better located on our site. There would be advantages as far as highway matters are concerned, but 
for the avoidance of doubt our principal focus is to investigate the levels of appetite from shoppers and traders alike for a series of farmers’ markets, most likely on a Saturday or 
Sunday.

“Yes, we’re a business, but part of our aim is to bring Websters more into the community than an ordinary car park, whether it’s specialist market events, the carnival fairground, outside summer theatre or maybe even a drive-in cinema.

“Lots to think about - especially now the finishing line can be viewed through binoculars rather than a telescope!

“We’re also delighted to now be re-hosting the wonderful mural that picks up on the history of the town. It was quite an operation to install it a second time, but well worth it.”


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