Apology for Seaton councillor
PUBLISHED: 14:05 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 15 June 2010
A member of Seaton Town Council demanded an apology from a planning applicant after alleging he was followed home and harassed after a meeting last week. Councillor Peter Burrows, of Queen Street, said he was walking home from the town hall following a p
A member of Seaton Town Council demanded an apology from a planning applicant after alleging he was followed home and harassed after a meeting last week.Councillor Peter Burrows, of Queen Street, said he was walking home from the town hall following a planning committee meeting on Monday, January 7, when Nick Spysznyk, an employee of M2 Services, the company behind the proposed re-development of Seaton Heights Hotel, pursued him to his house while questioning him about his reasons for opposing the plans.M2 services has since issued an apology to Mr Burrows.The application to convert the derelict hotel in Harepath Hill had just been recommended for approval by the planning committee, although councillor Burrows had personally opposed the proposals, when the incident occurred.In a statement to the Midweek Herald, councillor Burrows said: "From the town hall to my house and then to the car park, I was pursued by Nick Spysznyk who wanted to question me why I did not support his application. "I tried to explain to him that I was in a hurry to get to my job, caring for the elderly, and I already said my comments at the meeting. "In 20 years on planning committees at district and town level, I have never been pursued and harassed after a meeting by an applicant - especially when their plan has been approved."A spokesperson for M2 Services said: "Mr Spysznyk did send an apology to Mr Burrows the day after as he felt that discussing the objections after the meeting was wrong. "However, M2 feels passionately about Seaton and was extremely disappointed at what was said in the planning meeting even though a supportive vote was gained."Mr Spysznyk was amazed that at the planning stage only were objections raised, and that in most cases were not relevant to planning, including the idea that M2 are just developers and had no interest in the town when, in fact, we have just purchased Stoneleigh Holiday Village in order to establish a series of development and more importantly holiday, tourist and leisure businesses in the East Devon area.