Toll gate must be reinstated

PUBLISHED: 14:34 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:44 15 June 2010

ONE of Honiton's two missing toll gates, found in a ditch in 2002, must be put back in place. That's the view of town councillors, who say they have tired of a six-year debate on the issue.

ONE of Honiton's two missing toll gates, found in a ditch in 2002, must be put back in place.That's the view of town councillors, who say they have tired of a six-year debate on the issue.Of the original four gates, just two remain in situ.East Devon District Council claims the recovered gate is in a very poor condition "through years of neglect" and that it requires extensive repairs and renovation.Councillor Roy Coombs, who identified the gate after its discovery, is adamant that three-quarters of the gate was not in poor condition when he viewed it. Town councillors fear the cost of erecting a post for the gate is the real stumbling block."We need to pinpoint them on cost," said Councillor Vivienne Ash. "The longer they put it off, they don't have to spend money."Councillor Sally Casson said: "Just put it back where it should be."Town clerk Lyn Hargood has been instructed to write to the district council requesting the necessary repairs and carried out and the gate reinstated.Another toll gate is still missing.

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