New hall: Loss of parking for greater good

PUBLISHED: 13:43 01 July 2008 | UPDATED: 21:59 15 June 2010

The loss of up to 40 parking spaces to make way for Honiton Community Centre will be for the greater good in the end.

The loss of up to 40 parking spaces to make way for Honiton Community Centre will be for the greater good in the end.That is what town and district councillor Peter Halse implied when he said the centre will be developed next to the Thelma Hulbert Gallery at Elmfield House, which has been earmarked for improvements. It could be extended to both floors, if Honiton Register Office is given notice to quit."We have a much bigger vision," he said. "I think the community centre is in the right place."Parking is not a serious problem, but we should address it."A replacement site for the long stay car park is being investigated by local councillors, although it has not been revealed where the site is.Councillor Halse said: "There is an issue about car parking. East Devon District Council always knew the building would be taking parking out. It doesn't faze them. It didn't in the beginning and it doesn't now."The car park is not full at all times and Dowell Street car park is empty. The council has reduced the charges there. Every site has its problems. Not all 40 spaces will be lost immediately. There may never be an extension to the hall and some may be saved.

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