Welcome to Honiton Town Council

Honiton is a rural town in East Devon approximately 17 miles east from Exeter and 9 miles north from Sidmouth at the heart of the Blackdown Hills and East Devon areas of outstanding natural beauty. It has a current population of approx. 12,000. The town is mentioned in the Domesday Book and is centred on the Roman Road (Fosse Way). Honiton is renowned for its long history of lace making. Honiton is now a vibrant town in the country; the town retains its character and vitality remaining a friendly and popular place to live, work and visit. Honiton boasts a High Street market three days per week, many independent retailers, public art gallery (Thelma Hulbert Gallery), community venue (Beehive) and excellent communication links to the A303, A373, A375, A30 & A35 also the main line railway and Exeter Airport.


Honiton Town Council has 18 Town Councillors and 6 members of staff. The annual precept for 2022/2023 was £437,375 and for 2023/2024 is £447,979.

Tel 01404 42957  ||  Email: towncouncil@honiton.gov.uk 

Latest News

Presentation to Former Scout Leader

Presentation to Former Scout Leader

Published: 14 Feb 24

Councillors from Honiton Town Council recently made a presentation to Helen Turner, former Leader of the 1st Honiton Scout Group, for her many years of service. Helen commented "I would like to say a 'big thank you' to Honiton Town Council for the beautiful photo frame which they presented to me. I was with the Scouts in Honiton for 32 years and, for 13 years during that time, was also an instructor in the Honiton Detachment Army Cadets." Read More...

Honiton Town Council Vacancies

Published: 13 Feb 24

Notices have now been received from the Returning Officer at East Devon District Council, advising that requests for an election to fill the three Town Council vacancies have been received and an election will therefore be held, the date of which is to be advised. Please click on the heading to view the notices. Read More...

Words from the Chair of Honiton Town Council

Words from the Chair of Honiton Town Council

Published: 12 Feb 24

It is with great pleasure that I take on the role of Chairperson of Honiton Town Council and that of interim Mayor until the next yearly election in May 2024. My role within this Council and Honiton town itself over the last 14 years, has taken me down many roads which have all led to this point, which I consider the greatest honour. Along with my fellow Councillors and staff, we will do our best to move forward and leave the past where it belongs in the past and work for the benefit of our great town and its residents. Cllr Tony McCollum Chair/Mayor Honiton Town Council Read More...

Rock Choir East Devon - Flashmob

Published: 7 Feb 24

Rock Choir East Devon - Choirs led by Carey Camel, will be organising a flashmob in Lace Walk, Honiton on the morning of Thursday 22nd February 2024. Read More...

An Evening with 1064 Honiton Squadron ATC

An Evening with 1064 Honiton Squadron ATC

Published: 2 Feb 24

A social evening took place at The Joint Cadet Centre in Honiton on Tuesday 30th January 2024, to celebrate the achievements of Flt Lt Justin Felice RAFAC on his retirement. Mayor Tony McCollum met the staff and cadets and was able to see some of the fantastic activities they have participated in over the last few years. Pictured are Flt Lt Justin Felice RAFAC, Mayor Tony McCollum and Flt Lt Kyberg. Read More...

The Beehive - To Let

The Beehive - To Let

Published: 2 Feb 24

Honiton Town Council is looking for a tenant to undertake the management of the Beehive under a new lease from September 2025. Please click on the header to view the brochure. Read More...

The Beehive - To Let

The Beehive - To Let

Published: 30 Jan 24

Honiton Town Council is looking for a tenant to undertake the management of the Beehive under a new lease from September 2025. Prospective tenants are asked to complete an Expression of Interest form and return it to Honiton Town Council by Friday 29th March 2024. Please click on the heading for further information and the relevant forms. Read More...

Town Councillor Vacancies

Published: 29 Jan 24

We have received notices from East Devon District Council that two casual vacancies exist in St Paul's Ward and one casual vacancy in St Michael's Ward and that the period during which ten electors can give notice requiring an election to fill these will expire on 12th February 2024. Please click on the heading to view the notices. Read More...

Town Councillor Vacancies

Published: 23 Jan 24

A casual vacancy exists in the office of Town Councillor on St Michael's Ward, Honiton and two in the office of Town Councillor on St Paul's Ward, Honiton. Any ten electors for the electoral area, may give notice in writing that an election be held to fill these vacancies, within fourteen days of the date of publication of the notices (please click on the heading to view these), to the Returning Officer, East Devon District Council, Council Offices, Blackdown House, Heathpark Industrial Estate, Honiton, EX14 1EJ. If no notice is given the Town Council will fill the vacancies as soon as is practicable. Read More...

Two students represent Team GB at the Muay Thai World Games in Thailand

Two students represent Team GB at the Muay Thai World Games in Thailand

Published: 18 Jan 24

Following trials in Leeds, two students from the Twin Tigers Martial Arts & Boxing Club, Jamie White and Barnaby Rowland, have been selected by the World Boxing Federation to represent Team GB in the Muay Thai World Games in Thailand from 1st – 6th February 2024. Honiton Town Council receive a thank you in person for helping them with a grant and we wish them good luck at the Games. Pictured are Jamie White, Barnaby Rowland and Mayor/Cllr Tony McCollum and Deputy Mayor/Cllr Serena Sexton. Read More...

Appointment of the Deputy Town Crier

Appointment of the Deputy Town Crier

Published: 16 Jan 24

Caroline Kolek has recently been approved for the new volunteer role of Deputy Town Crier, to work alongside and learn from the present Town Crier, Dave Retter. Following her appointment Caroline made the following statement:- “I am delighted to be announced as Deputy Town Crier following the selection process. I have worked with our Town Crier, Dave Retter for a number of years as a Town Councillor, previous Mayor and through the Twinning Association. It is always an honour to work with Dave who is so passionate about our town, his role as Town Crier and all things ceremonial, cultural and historical regarding Honiton. For anyone following his footsteps he will be a tough act to follow.” Read More...

Announcement from the Mayor of Honiton

Published: 2 Jan 24

It is with mixed feelings of sadness and pride that I am resigning my position as Chairman, Mayor and Councillor of Honiton Town Council with effect from 1st January 2024. The New Year brings a new career for me, whereby any political position is untenable. I am immensely proud to have served the town that I love as your Mayor and Councillor. The changes to the culture of the Town Council and its members have been transformational and I'm proud to have been part of this positive change. I leave Honiton Town Council in a position of strength and with Councillors whose intentions are for the good of this town. Thank you for all the support from members, staff, organizations and especially Dave Retter our Town Crier, who has made Mayorship so enjoyable. I will continue to service this and the wider community, but in a different capacity. Best Wishes, Helen Hurford. Read More...

New Artwork and Town Map unveiled at Honiton Station

New Artwork and Town Map unveiled at Honiton Station

Published: 14 Dec 23

In a project led by the Friends of Honiton Station, attractive new artwork has been installed on the inside of the station’s footbridge and a shed on Platform 1. In addition, an illustrated town map has been placed in the station forecourt. The project is the brainchild of Friends’ member East Devon and Honiton Town Councillor Jenny Brown. For further details please click on the header above. Read More...

EDDC Car Parks Winter Parking

Published: 15 Nov 23

From 1st November 2023 until 31st March 2024, from 8.00 am until midnight the fee for parking in East Devon District Council's local public car parks will only be £2.00. Please click on the heading for further details. Read More...

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