Strings attached to transfer of market ownership

PUBLISHED: 06:01 10 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:44 15 June 2010

EAST Devon District Council has offered to return control of Honiton's street market to the town but only as part of a package deal. Honiton Town Council this week agreed to proceed with the deal, which is subject to negotiations.

EAST Devon District Council has offered to return control of Honiton's street market to the town - but only as part of a package deal.Honiton Town Council this week agreed to proceed with the deal, which is subject to negotiations. It stands to make a profit of up to £19,000 a year - cash that would be reinvested in the market and the town.In exchange, the town council would take on responsibility for four additional bus shelters and flowerbeds. It already pays £5,000 a year towards the cost of the floral displays and looks after another eight bus shelters.Market supervisor Terry Farebrother, who was due to retire at the end of the year, has agreed to remain in his post as part of a job-share.

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