Race starts for more sports pitches
PUBLISHED: 07:24 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:54 15 June 2010
AFTER several false starts, Honiton Development Trust could be about to purchase land for much-needed sports pitches in the town.
AFTER several false starts, Honiton Development Trust could be about to purchase land for much-needed sports pitches in the town.The deal, which cannot be fully revealed because it is subject to commercial confidentiality, is part of a new, three-site solution to Honiton's lack of outdoor facilities, town councillors heard on Monday.Active Honiton, set up by the Trust to drive plans for a sports hub forward, has pursued three other sites in the past.Dr Jeremy Gibson, of Active Honiton, told Honiton Town Council: "The site is principally for playing fields and then, hopefully, a pavilion."It is part of a three-site solution, which includes Allhallows Playing Field. "Devon County Council has asked for information. We are looking for quick funds, if the land comes up."The plan is beginning to birth."Dr Gibson said the Trust could hold assets for Honiton, without the worry of those assets one day being lost in a reorganisation of local government.Bob Buxton, on behalf of the Trust, said areas for future development, identified in the Market and Coastal Towns Initiative, had "come home to roost". The town centre, he said, was in need of urgent consideration."Two more shops closed last week," he reported.The Trust has also identified two possible sites for affordable homes in Honiton.
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