New hall 'not needed'

PUBLISHED: 13:42 01 July 2008 | UPDATED: 21:59 15 June 2010

I STAND here for the hundreds of people in Honiton who are against it," Councillor Ron Farnham declared as Honiton Town Council's policy committee agreed to move plans for a community centre forward.

I STAND here for the hundreds of people in Honiton who are against it," Councillor Ron Farnham declared as Honiton Town Council's policy committee agreed to move plans for a community centre forward.He claimed there was no proven need for the 250-seat hall, saying local organisations had stated they do not want to move out of their existing venues in the town and that they couldn't afford proposed hire charges at the new hall."I very much object to the centre on behalf of the residents of Dowell Street," he said. "We already suffer tremendously with traffic and a community centre on that site (the long stay car park at the back of Lace Walk) is only going to aggravate it."There is no traffic management plan for Dowell Street, which has the most traffic and pollution in Honiton and East Devon."You will be using money for a community centre nobody agrees to."Councillor Richard Gaughan said he would like to endorse Councillor Farnham's comments."What this town doesn't need is another hall," he said. "You are sticking another hall where people don't want it.

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