Vision for old court

PUBLISHED: 12:28 11 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:36 15 June 2010

THE future development of a prime site into a series of vital educational and social amenities got the backing of town councillors in Axminster on Monday evening.

THE future development of a prime site into a series of vital educational and social amenities got the backing of town councillors in Axminster on Monday evening.Councillor Douglas Hull outlined in a document, presented to Axminister Town Council, his vision for the development of a large county council-owned plot at Lyme Road, formerly Axminster Magistrates' Court. He said that he was rallying further support among colleagues at Devon County Council - and proposed that much-needed facilities should include a new youth club, a pre-school nursery, a further education and sixth form facility and a dormitory block for foreign students.Other facilities that are urgently needed for Axminster include a room for the learning disability group, a day centre for the elderly - who currently have to travel to Seaton - and an office for the Citizens' Advice Bureau.Speaking to the Herald on Tuesday, Cllr Hull said: "The land is more than big enough and, while I don't suggest these facilities are built all at the same time, they could be built in stages."The site is easy to access from the road and the town centre, it is near the police station and I have the backing of some members and am working on trying to get more weight behind the ideas. What I am hoping for is the backing of the town council, and this is something that the town council should push for."He said the first step would be to apply and receive outline planning permission:"I am determined that this should happen," he added.Cllr Hull would be pledging the money dished out to county councillors following the sale of Exeter Airport to get the project off the ground, and was actively working with a senior council officer.He added the list was not 'exhaustive or prescriptive' and that he wanted suggestions from the town council.Councillor Jeremy Walden said: "We should put down markers as the town council. We do not want to see the land for housing development and sold to the highest bidder."We, as the town council, should advise Devon County Council and support Cllr Hull."Mayor Graham Godbeer added: "We should be looking at a new project as something we want to promote.

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