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.

Other News Stories

A search has been launched by police after a woman from Membury was reported missing today (Saturday).

Read more

A safety programme which sees police given a greater chance of locating missing people with dementia has been launched in Honiton.

Read more
15:01

People can take much needed supplies to the estate agents’ offices at Tanyards Court, Queen Street

Read more
14:00

‘Urgent measures’ are to be taken by Devon County Council to reduce spending as the council faces a near £10m budget overspend.

Read more

A section of the A35 between Honiton and Axminster has been closed today (Saturday).

Read more

East Devon’s PCSO numbers are set to fall again by 2020 - bringing to the total number of officers to just five across the region.

Read more
07:01

Willows will also help to protect the Peace Memorial Field from erosion

Read more
Yesterday, 15:01

Group donates 62 blankets for youngsters who need a little extra loving care

Read more
Yesterday, 11:59

Historic World War Two seafront emplacement fetches far more than expected

Read more
Yesterday, 07:01

Relocation to its village site was completed on January 15 - 1929

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 3°C

Most Read

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Midweek Herald twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Streetlife

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications


Follow us on Twitter