Ambitious plans for Dowell Street corner set to be discussed

Town councillors will next week discuss ambitious plans for Dowell Street corner in Honiton.

Described as one of the town’s biggest eyesores, the site has been earmarked for a potential pilot scheme. If given the green light, it will involve the use of art to give it a  new look and create a feature.

Members of Honiton Town Council’s Town Management Committee will on Monday consider two reports – one from the committee’s chairman, Councillor Duncan Sheridan-Shaw, and the other from Councillor Terry Darrant.

The first report relates to a potential partnership scheme with the Thelma Hulbert Gallery which could include a mural of Copper Castle. Proposals suggest:

  • Redesigning the derelict space with sustainable eco-friendly planting and high-quality community informed visual art
  • Showcasing the heritage of the Copper Castle tollgate
  • Engaging local community groups with a collaborative project, creative activity and celebration of heritage
    Creating a relief-style mural

The full report can be read here.

Councillor Darrant’s report identifies two benches that could be relocated to the spot. Both were originally erected to mark the Coronation of Edward VII in 1902.

They are currently located at the junction of Springifeld and the A35 and at the junction of Beech Walk and A375.

Honiton Town Council owns the land in Dowell Street and hopes to fund the project with Premier Inn S106 funding, along with other sources of funding.

Councillor Sheridan-Shaw’s report states: “The funding would come from the Premier Inn S106 funding, HTC funds and possible alternatives such as AONB Blackdown Hills SDF, local businesses and DCC Locality Budget, Tesco Bags of Help.

“Once the project has been planned and costed it would be brought to either the Town Management Committee for their consideration and then a bid for funding from the S106 funds would be put to EDDC.”

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