We have received the following message from Seaton:
The Seaton Regeneration area (Tesco site) had a plot set aside for a hotel to replace tourist beds lost when the holiday camp was demolished but the developers of the site (Tesco and Bovis Homes) say they were unsuccessful in marketing the site for a hotel.
Now McCarthy and Stone has take an option for yet another block of retirement flats. Seaton is already highly over-represented with elderly people and retirement blocks which are to the north (Jubilee Lodge), east (Haven Court) and south (Homebaye House) of the regeneration area and will nowtotally encircle the planned new Visitor Centre.
Recently Tesco won the right to delete all the affordable housing that had been planned for the site. No affordable housing has been built for many years in Seaton.
A protest group has been set up to oppose the latest development and will have its first meeting at
The Hook and Parrot
on Seaton seafront at
7.30 p.m. on
Thursday 5 June 1014 at 7.30 pm
to which anyone who objects to this planning application is warmly welcome.
We are once again approaching that time of year when the public have the right to inspect the council accounts for 20 days, full details of which rights can be found at
This right is a powerful tool and gives exceptional public access to this material, so we are encouraging people, a few weeks beforehand, to seriously think about what accounts information might be useful and how they might use it to their best advantage.
Those who wish to examine any accounts should make their own arrangements, as EDA is not able to make enquiries for other individuals or campaign groups.
When making an enquiry, please try to be specific as possible with regard to the information you want to look at, as the staff need to find what you want, rather than give you a pile of papers to fish around in. The lady at EDDC is most helpful and giving early notice of what you might like to examine is strongly recommended- not least as it gives time for follow up requests before the statutory 20 day period is expired.
The start date is variable, so we will be keeping an eye on the public notices in the local press and as soon as we have confirmation of the dates, we will let you know.
Here a council must change from the tight-knit Cabinet only model (as EDDC has) where a Leader appoints his own Cabinet for a Committee model where committes make binding decisions and are made up in proportion to the parties voted in:
Some background to this is given here:
And here a town is petitioning to leave one local authority to join another:
and the background to this is here:
Seaton to West Dorset, Axminster to South Somerset, Cranbrook to Exeter City, Exmouth to Teignbridge, Budleigh Salterton to Kensington and Chelsea (sorry, got carried away there!) – interesting!
It is almost an embarrassment to publish the latest correspondence between EDDC and the Local Plan Inspector, Mr Thickett. The letter from EDDC with its “action plan” is so vague and indeterminate that it is simply a “wish list” (could and should) rather than an “action plan” (can and will).
You can almost hear the irritation in Mr Thickett’s reply. However, he at least does try to set some sort of timetable (October/November) for the next stage of the process.
Interesting that the whole process will take us up to election time – so developer free-for-all will probably continue till then.
Letter from EDDC:
The “action plan”
and Mr Thickett’s reply
All correspondence and details of information provided for the Local Plan is HERE