Marching orders for register office?

PUBLISHED: 09:29 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:38 15 June 2010

THE spiralling success of an art gallery could force Honiton Register Office out of Elmfield House.

THE spiralling success of an art gallery could force Honiton Register Office out of Elmfield House.Hard work and enthusiasm at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery, which occupies the first floor of Elmfield House, has led to an increase in visitors.Now East Devon District Council is considering capitalising on that success. Culture champion Councillor Vivienne Ash is proposing the register office be given six months' notice to vacate the building.If a feasibility study supports an expansion of the gallery, the register office could be served with notice to quit in December.If that were to happen, the council would take on the whole lease and expand gallery space in the building.Other proposals include accessing cellar space, providing storage facilities and multi-functional rooms for workshops.At a meeting of the council's corporate overview committee, councillors heaped praise on the efforts of Angela Blackwell, the gallery's curator.She is to be formally thanked, in writing, for her excellent work and enthusiasm.Angela was recently invited to address a national conference to share best practice with others in her field.


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