Call for vandalised part of Honiton’s history to be restored

A councillor is calling for a vandalised part of Honiton’s history to be restored – so that it does not end up being destroyed like the town’s former toll gate.

The focus of the proposal is a cast iron bench, thought to have been given to the Glen when it opened in 1937.

Councillor Terry Darrant, who is spearheading efforts to potentially restore it to its former glory, says it features an unusual fern design and was made by a respected local iron mongers.

In a report, due to be considered by Honiton Town Council’s Green and Open Spaces Committee next week, Cllr Darrant admits the bench is known to be ‘in pieces” and being stored by a former town and district councillor.

He wants the council to permit an investigation into the overall condition of the bench and to seek quotes for its restoration.

It follows the ‘recent unfortunate destruction’ of the former Copper Castle toll gate.

“It is hoped members will see the need to secure and restore other such pieces of the town’s historic street furniture and bring them back into public use,” the report states.

If the bench is found to be suitable for repair it could ultimately be restored and returned to the Glen.

At the same meeting, councillors will receive a comprehensive update on a Schedule 14 Public Rights of Way Application in relation to a footpath between Whitmore Way and Sidmouth Road.

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