My Honiton - Town mayor John Zarczynski
PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 October 2017 | UPDATED: 08:53 23 October 2017
Town mayor John Zarczynski sat down with the East Devon Resident to discuss his views about Honiton.
What is your favourite building in Honiton?
It has to be St Paul’s Church, because it represents the community. It stands in the heart of the town and, to me, it represents the heart of the community. It’s where people meet to get married, attend funerals and various other functions. Honiton Charter Day revolves around the church as well. It is a very attractive historic building and it highlights Honiton. If you look at any general snapshot of the town, it’s always there.
What do you think Honiton’s biggest selling point is?
The diversity of the population. It is a robust growing town with a very good mix of young and old. It has a very vibrant community, and a growing young population. It also has a great mix of facilities for all audiences, as well as a thriving market and high street.
How do you think Honiton can improve as a town?
We need to protect our green spaces that we have currently and we need to improve our public car parking facilities. We have green spaces available within close proximity of the town centre and we need to protect them to make sure they are not built over. We need to restore the bridge over the River Gissage from Oaklea as this will benefit dog walkers and give easier access to the town centre for residents of Oaklea and Riverside. We need to look at more public parking because the town is growing. There are more houses being built – and more in the pipeline to be built, which means more vehicles. Honiton is changing and we must keep up with the changes.
What’s your favourite memory associated with Honiton?
I remember when I first moved here seeing the carnival. The year was 1990 and, back then, our carnivals were much larger with bigger floats. Another thing that struck me most was during the Christmas period, the majority of shops made efforts to have window displays in New Street and High Street. As a result, the town was really lit up with Christmas spirit – it was like Las Vegas!
What’s your favourite attraction, and why?
It is the general lifestyle and the friendliness of the town. Above all, it’s very much crime-free compared to other towns. We are very privileged to have this lifestyle. Although it’s a growing town, it’s still very much like a village, where people know each other. We have a very good police team, and I can walk down the high street at night and feel safe. It is rare we get anti social behaviour. If things go wrong, the town does tend to group together.