Revival of Honiton community centre plan leaves Lilian fuming...

PUBLISHED: 10:32 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 15 June 2010

ANNOYED: Lilian Lane, 71, hoped plans for Honiton Community Centre had been forgotten.

ANNOYED: Lilian Lane, 71, hoped plans for Honiton Community Centre had been forgotten.

LONG stay parking spaces in Honiton will be lost to a £1.2m development at the height of the tourist season. News that work is to finally start on the long-awaited Honiton Community Centre has upset local resident Lilian Lane.

LONG stay parking spaces in Honiton will be lost to a £1.2m development at the height of the tourist season.

News that work is to finally start on the long-awaited Honiton Community Centre has upset local resident Lilian Lane.

Mrs Lane, 71, of Dunning Court, has campaigned against plans for the centre, saying the building is needed but not on part of Lace Walk car park.

After hearing work on a scaled down version of the proposed building is likely to start in August, she was up in arms.

"I'm dead against it," she told the Herald. "I'm also a bit annoyed. Everything went quiet and I hoped that was the end of it.

"It's an unpopular plan and I was hoping Honiton Town Council would abandon it."

Mrs Lane, who lives next door to the development site, collected signatures for a petition against the community centre when designs for the building were at the planning stage.

Councillor Michael Teare, chairman of the community centre complex steering group, said: "We have come to the conclusion that we have got all the money we are going to get and that we should get on with it.

"We are talking to East Devon District Council to see how much help they can give us with the project."

Councillor Teare said revised plans would be used for the centre. Instead of building the complex in two phases, it would now be constructed in one go.

"They are very similar to our original plans, but with not quite so many frills added on," he said.

"The hall will still have a capacity of over 200 and a smaller room for the town council to use."

Project leaders are checking they don't need to re-apply for planning permission.

Lottery funding for the scheme was turned down, but more than £1m has been pledged from other sources.

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