Green light for community centre

PUBLISHED: 08:32 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:58 15 June 2010

PLANS for a scaled down Honiton Community Centre on part of Lace Walk car park are being moved forward now that a majority of town councillors have given the scheme their blessing.

PLANS for a scaled down Honiton Community Centre on part of Lace Walk car park are being moved forward now that a majority of town councillors have given the scheme their blessing.An application for £350,000 from the sale of Exeter Airport has been made to Devon County Council in a bid to finalise funding. At a policy committee meeting on Monday, deputy mayor Councillor Vivienne Ash successfully proposed the town council support £963,000 plans to build a hall capable of seating 250 people, plus costs associated with gaining planning permission and fitting the centre out. Her proposal was to move the scheme forward with expert help from East Devon District Council and to pursue funding options with Devon County Council and other bodies.Councillor Ron Farnham attempted to block the move, saying the proposal should be put on hold until a traffic management study had been carried out in Dowell Street.Councillor Peter Halse said it was time the council bit the bullet and brought the plan to fruition "Now is the hour," he said. "Let's not fool ourselves, there is going to be a cost. We have got to face it; there will be losers."Councillor Sharon Holloway said: "I think we have got an obligation as the town council to deliver."Councillor Sally Casson said: "This is not just for us - it is for future generations as well. We need a decent size hall."Building the hall next to Elmfield House did not find favour with Councillor Roy Coombs. He said: "It is unfortunate that part of the grounds of a listed building will be used. It's setting a very, very bad example - and it's on the edge of a conservation area."Honiton Town Council has already secured over £1m towards the project.n AT the same meeting, controversial plans for allotments in Battishorne Way were approved. See page 3.More on both stories next week.


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