Honiton: Millennium Green needs more cash
TRUSTEES of Honiton s Millennium Green are looking for extra funds – to ensure the secluded beauty spot can be kept open and properly maintained beyond the next three years.
TRUSTEES of Honiton's Millennium Green are looking for extra funds - to ensure the secluded beauty spot can be kept open and properly maintained beyond the next three years.
In a report submitted to Honiton Town Council last week, retired solicitor and former mayor Richard Howe, the chairman of the trustees, said: "We have a small sum carried forward and built up over the years, but this will not last for longer than that period (three years) and we do not think it is prudent to try and run a public facility with nothing in reserve for emergencies.
"We are also afraid that present sources of income may dry up, for example the town council funding is subject to annual review, and the Lions may not continue their support."
If the trustees can find �4,500 to carry out essential maintenance, no major work will be required at the green for five to 10 years, councillors have been told.
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Trees and shrubs planted at the green have flourished and grown faster and thicker than expected, meaning thinning is now required.
Mr Howe said, in some cases, plants may need to be removed.
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"Neighbours are, not unreasonably, asking for trees to be cut back before their view is obstructed or their property threatened.
"A large cypress, planted just outside the boundary, likewise threatens our trees.
"Tarmac paths are breaking down along their edges. All this will require professional help, because it is heavy and skilled work that the trustees cannot possibly undertake.
"None of this work can be contemplated with the present level of funding."
The trustees had hoped to encourage more cultural events to the green, such as band concerts, drama and site-specific sculptures.