'Make it safe'

PUBLISHED: 15:48 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:10 15 June 2010

AXMINSTER Town Council is pressing the district council to make Webster's garage site safe. Town councillors announced during the monthly meeting on Monday, August 11, that they wanted East Devon District Councl to force a statutory notice. As it is in a

AXMINSTER Town Council is pressing the district council to make Webster's garage site safe.Town councillors announced during the monthly meeting on Monday, August 11, that they wanted East Devon District Councl to force a statutory notice.As it is in a conservation area, consent is required for its demolition.Councillor Douglas Hull said: "The owners have to apply to the district council for an order to take down the doors, etc."But this town is crying out for this to be removed. It's been ongoing for 10 years or more and the building is not at all in keeping with the town."Councillor Chris Scott said: "We consider this site to be dangerous and something should be done - either to realistically seal it off or to make it safe. Sooner or later there will be an accident and it won't be our fault."But EDDC does not believe the building is designated as being a 'dangerous structure'.EDDC developmental control manager for planning and countryside services Stephen Belli wrote to the owners to say that he did not see any need to demolish parts of the site to gain access at this stage.He added: "This authority, as you know, has also been in conversation and negotiations regarding a redevelopment of the whole site."To that end I can confirm that we are still willing to discuss such possibilities with you."Whilst at the present time it may be argued that the economic situation is unclear, it is still my view this is a very important site in the centre of Axminster and to that end the planning authority would be willing to assist you in coming to an agreed course of action to take this site forward.

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