'Investment is key to future'
PUBLISHED: 02:01 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:00 15 June 2010
I read with a great deal of interest both the report by the Midweek Herald and letters of comment in regard to the traders' meeting in Honiton. A keen report by the Herald, who were at least there ! The meeting was called for all Honiton traders, shop and
I read with a great deal of interest both the report by the Midweek Herald and letters of comment in regard to the traders' meeting in Honiton. A keen report by the Herald, who were at least there !The meeting was called for all Honiton traders, shop and market, with the town council and the chamber of commerce to lend opportunity to discuss the trading and economic future and direction of Honiton.Passions grew and were expressed by a few who attended over the subject of the market. This should in no way be discouraged, instead encouraged - discussed further, perhaps moderated and then a clear level-headed view/direction will be found. Only by having such meetings and provoking such discssion about Honiton, by people who care, can a direction be had and Honiton continue to be 'unique'.Like many others who did attend the meeting, I have a keen interest in the economic variability and direction of Honiton. Investment back into the town is key. This was also a key point raised and discussed. It was asked who, as we are a market town with a charter, has control of our market? Answer: East Devon District Council. Um, why?So where does the market pitch fee go? Where is the commitment in investing back in the many market traders who, as highlighted by another reader, have been trading here on the market year after year come rain, shine and frozen waste? Over the hill and far away, that's where! Give back Honiton's Market, EDDC, and let us, as a town, take ownership, come together over it and use it later in a bigger fight that is just down the road.Maybe, with ownership of the market, a town manager could be the way the way forward, as suggested by a representative of Tavistock Chamber. A neutral liaison between all town traders, chambers and council. Help focus on important needs; maybe enhance, re-generate and improve? I hope, when the call goes out for the next meeting, with all the opinions coming forward by a good number who didn't attend, a few more may bother to come - after all balanced opinion is what good discussion is all about.Richard PinneyFormer market trader, now shop ownerPure GeezerNew StreetHoniton