No second chance for community centre bid

PUBLISHED: 08:30 24 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:21 15 June 2010

THE proposed Honiton Community Centre project is unlikely to get a second chance to secure funding from the Investing in Devon group, the Herald can reveal.

THE proposed Honiton Community Centre project is unlikely to get a second chance to secure funding from the Investing in Devon group, the Herald can reveal.A bid for cash towards a scaled down scheme was rejected last month, prompting Honiton Town Council to ask for feedback from group members. A bid for lottery cash towards the project also failed.Investing in Devon is a Devon County Council committee, set up to distribute £48m from the sale of Exeter International Airport to community projects.Colyton has received £160,000 towards a new youth centre and Exmouth and Seaton have received a total of £500,000 for World Heritage Site interpretation centres.Honiton has, so far, attracted a grant of £50,000 - towards the cost of purchasing land for new sports pitches.Your Herald last week asked Devon County Council if Honiton is being short-changed."A local councillor can bid for money on behalf of local groups," a spokesperson explained."We've got £48m, divided between five funds. Each county councillor can also allocate a total of £25,000 to local projects."A councillor from Exeter has recently given £20,000 to a village hall for a new kitchen and a councillor in Exmouth has provided a new boat to a sailing club for the use of people with disabilities.


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