Town council asked to contribute £5,000 towards third Honiton Gate to Plate

Discussions have already taken place between Honiton Town Council and East Devon District Council over the potential for a third Gate to Plate event.

Now town councillors are to be asked to sanction a sum of £5,000 towards costs in 2020.

Previously, the district council has shouldered almost all of the financial outlay. However, in order for the event to continue, the town council will have to make a more significant contribution.

In a report due to be presented to Honiton Town Council’s December meeting next week, Deputy Town Clerk Heloise Marlow states: “As noted in last month’s update report, Gate to Plate is an event which has taken place over the last two years and it has been very successful.

“The event is not only a fantastic advertisement for local produce but has also brought in many visitors to Honiton and is arguably now associated with Honiton and thought of as a Honiton event.

“Many of the traders who attended Gate to Plate 2 have already enquired about Gate to Plate 3.  In order to capitalise on the success of the last two years it is important that confirmation of Gate to Plate 3 is publicised as quickly as possible to ensure that traders do not book stalls at other events.”

The report adds: “Gate to Plate 2018 and Gate to Plate 2 in 2019 were funded by wholly by EDDC apart from the purchase of cables in the sum of £278.96 inclusive of VAT which was made by Honiton Town Council.

“The costs of holding the event are significant. Honiton Town Council has over the last two years provided significant manpower assistance in relation to the event.

“However, EDDC have now made it clear that for Gate to Plate 3 to take place this will require HTC and EDDC to work in greater partnership and a financial contribution to the cost of the event will be required.  

“Honiton Town Council will need to put forward a proposal regarding the event to EDDC which will need to be submitted by mid to late January 2020.”

The town council has traditionally supplied manpower for the event and the report notes the important roles played by Honiton Town Development Manager Tony McCollum and event project manager Andrew Hopkins.

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