So negative about centre

Whilst understanding aspects of the caution expressed by Honiton Town Councillors in relation to the business plan of the proposed community centre complex,

Whilst understanding aspects of the caution expressed by Honiton Town Councillors in relation to the business plan of the proposed community centre complex, I am dismayed that, based on observations of other communities which have proposed new halls, such proposals often meet a form of negativity.

Earlier, residents had the foresight to see that a hall was a fundamental need if community activity was to be fostered. Many were built between the wars, often with voluntary labour. The vision of our forefathers is now required to build new facilities which are suitable for the diverse range of activities which take place in modern communities. Examples such as Kentisbeare and Payhembury show that new community centres not only give better conditions for existing activities, but are responsible for the start of new ones which thrive in the improved spaces and facilities.

The Midweek Herald report 'Council wants to see business plan first' (September 23) suggests a peevishness on the part of some councillors.

This community centre will enhance the community of Honiton.


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