‘Eyesore’ Axminster site to host funfair

PUBLISHED: 06:59 14 September 2015

The former Websters Garage site at Axminster - soon to host a funfair. Picture CHRIS CARSON

The former Websters Garage site at Axminster - soon to host a funfair. Picture CHRIS CARSON


Former Websters Garage land finally set to become a community asset

It has been a roller-coaster ride, but after more than 30 years Axminster’s long-derelict Webster’s garage site is finally set to become a community asset – as a funfair.

The building, which has been condemned as the town’s biggest eyesore for some three decades, was pulled down earlier this year after planners bowed to massive local pressure.

The site owners were given permission to use the land as a temporary car park, adjoining East Devon District Council’s car park in South Street.

But in the meantime, they have confirmed that the carnival week funfair operators Herberts – who normally set up their rides and attractions at Combe Lane car park just down the road – have been given the go-ahead to switch the attraction to their ground.

Land owner Neal Hiscocks, of Hallmark Estates (Devon) Limited, said: “The size of the space we’ve created has caught the eye of many parties including those with interests in the town’s carnival week.

“Plainly, we have fewer residential neighbours than the usual site of the funfair in Combe Lane and we were approached to be its 2015 location. After talks and consultation with EDDC, I can confirm that Herbert’s funfair will indeed be occupying Websters from Sunday, September 13, until Sunday, September 20,

“Then, shortly afterwards, we look forward to announcing in the local press more details about the operation of a spacious and brand new car park in the most convenient and central location possible in the town.”

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