Honiton Town Council and the charity which runs The Beehive have held ‘amicable’ behind-closed-doors talks over the future of the venue.
The authority and Honiton Community Complex staged a private meeting on Thursday – and say they are working towards an agreement that will see the hub continue to thrive.
Both parties have been in dispute over the funding of the Dowell Street premises.
They say they are ‘now fully committed to settling the matter’ following the ‘productive’ discussion.
A joint statement issued today (Monday) by Honiton Town Council and Honiton Community Complex states: “A private meeting took place last Thursday between representatives from Honiton Town Council and Honiton Community Complex, the charity which runs The Beehive.
“The two parties have been disputing the interpretation of the funding provisions contained within the 10-year lease agreement signed in 2015 to run The Beehive.
“At a well-attended council meeting on Monday, October 14, members of the public voiced their frustration and both sides publicly expressed a desire the resolve the matter and move forward.
“At the private meeting, the town council agreed to provide funds to the charity which will assure that operations can carry on as normal in the short-term.
“Discussions will continue to work towards a long-term funding arrangement to ensure The Beehive is able to build on its success and thrive in the future.
“Both parties are pleased to report that it was an amicable and productive meeting.
“The town council and the charity are now fully committed to settling the matter so that the community can continue to benefit from all The Beehive has to offer.”