Time to build new centre

PUBLISHED: 01:01 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:35 15 June 2010

I must respond to recent negative letters in the Press concerning Honiton's proposed community centre. I have lived in Honiton for 25 years and I feel I cannot allow others to be so patronising by indicating that the majority of the town's households wou

I must respond to recent negative letters in the Press concerning Honiton's proposed community centre. I have lived in Honiton for 25 years and I feel I cannot allow others to be so patronising by indicating that the majority of the town's households would not be prepared to pay approximately £1.60 per annum for 25 years to have our own modern community centre. The town has procrastinated over many years and not delivered this important facility for the community. The town council, as the elected representatives of the town, should be 100 per cent behind such a project, which has clearly been supported by EDDC with a grant that currently stands at £286,000. along with the land on which to build. There is of, course, the £500,000 sum which has remained available from the Battishorne Way development (Section 106 grant) for use towards a community facility. Why cannot the town council grasp this allocation of funds from the district council and the 106 grant, add it to the £250,000 they are committed to loan and get the project off the ground? There has been debate after debate, so there is no need for further debates which certain residents missed the first time around. All the so called "halls" in the town are not really fit to be used for the leisure pursuits that a new facility will ultimately provide. Honiton deserves a community centre and it is the responsibility of the town council to focus all their efforts for a period to deliver what the majority of the residents would support and use. There will never be a better financial package on offer, so please Councillors, be positive, get motivated and surprise your electors by providing a start date.Peter HaywardHickory CloseHoniton


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