Second bid for airport cash?

PUBLISHED: 08:24 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 15 June 2010

A STEERING group is preparing Honiton Community Centre complex plans for the tender stage and has not been put off by Devon County Council's refusal to contribute towards the project.

A STEERING group is preparing Honiton Community Centre complex plans for the tender stage and has not been put off by Devon County Council's refusal to contribute towards the project.Honiton Town Council is hoping to win over County Hall with an amended application.A statement, issued by Councillor Christ Tratt, the Mayor of Honiton, on behalf of the town council, said Councillor Roger Boote had been "well briefed" before the application for funding was submitted.County councillor Boote told a meeting last week that the application for a share of a "one shot pot of cash" from the sale of Exeter Airport didn't get past a few phrases.He claimed not enough information had accompanied the application.But Honiton Town Council disagrees. "The bid was a well thought out and carefully argued application," the statement said. "It detailed what could be realised by the monies raised to date and how a centre for Honiton along these lines could be successful, even if judged by the most conservative forecast."The council has received good support for the project from East Devon District Council and is keen to also work in partnership with Devon County Council."To this end it is important that we learn first hand their reaction to our bid and how they feel we might need to amend the current proposal."After all, we can see the centre being an asset for the county as a whole.


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