MP pledges help for Seaton Tramway

10:29 21 February 2014

Tiverton and Honiton MP Neil Parish inspects the damage to the track at Seaton Tramway with  managing director Jenny Nunn and  chairman Trevor Shears.

Tiverton and Honiton MP Neil Parish inspects the damage to the track at Seaton Tramway with managing director Jenny Nunn and chairman Trevor Shears.

Archant

Neil Parish inspects the damage caused to the track during the recent storms

MP Neil Parish visited storm-ravaged Seaton Tramway this week and backed calls for government aid for the local tourist industry.

A lengthy section of trackbed was washed away and the riverside depot flooded when ferocious winds and huge seas battered the resort on Valentine’s Day.

Mr Parish said he was shocked by the extent of the damage.

He told Tramway managing director Jenny Nunn: “We need to be fully supportive of the urgent repair work required at Seaton Tramway as this is an important tourist attraction which contributes hugely to the local economy.

“As government grant monies become available, I will be supporting local tourism businesses including Seaton Tramway in their bids.”

Mr Parish wished the Tramway well with its mini service from Colyton which was due to open at the weekend. He said it was crucial people came out and supported it.

Two trams were due to be transported by road today (Friday, February 21) from the base at Seaton to Colyton in order that a scaled-down service can start to operate from there to Colyford while the major repairs are taking place to the track further to the south.

The special Rainbow ticket of £5 for adults and £2.50 for children will allow for a round trip to Colyford on the day of purchase and a free return visit before Easter in order for the tramway to kick-start its season.

In the meantime Mrs Nunn has called for Government support to help this important tourism area to recover quickly after the storm damage.

She asked whether Mr Parish could tackle ministers on providing funding to promote Devon and the South West with future advertising campaigns before the summer season and, in the longer term, with more financial support for Visit Devon etc.

Mr Parish agreed and said he would raise this issue with ministers.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 11:30
Honiton Triathlon is hoping to attract 100 people this year.

The event has set its sights on drawing in more than 100 competitors when it’s held on Sunday, July 26.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:40
Charmouth Primary School pupils celebrate their  Ofsted ranking

Village primary praised by Ofsted inspectors for the quality of its teaching and pupils’ achievements

Read more
Thu, 17:30

The cause of the fire was accidental which resulted in the moderate fire damage to the living room area.

Read more
Thu, 12:28
Cheers – pictured (l to r) are Dalwood shop chairman and secretary Kathy Laing and Shelagh Beak and vineyard co-op members Jo Hoskins, Les White, John Gostling and Dave Dower. Picture CHRIS CARSON

Village co-operative’s first sparkling wine wins top industry accolade

Read more
Thu, 11:30
Mr and Mrs Edward Underdown present a cheque for £900 to Anne Long on behalf of Action Duchenne.

Tractor Trundle organisers have thanked all those who took part or contributed.

Read more
Thu, 09:36
PCSO Sam Slater

High visibility patrols planned for the town’s Underfleet car park

Read more
Wed, 18:30
Fashion show

Exmouth Players is hosting a fashion show in early June as a fundraiser to help refurbish the green room and kitchen at the Blackmore Theatre in Exmouth’s Bicton Street.

Read more
Wed, 17:30
Matt Fulls and Neal Fulls from Honiton Moshulu headquarters will be cycling for charity from John O'Groats to Land's End. Ref mhh 6516-21-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

In all, the team will be covering 2,000 miles.

Read more
Wed, 11:30
The staff at Bartlett's Farm shop near Gittisham show their support for Clic Sargent. Ref mhh 6945-21-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Various fundraisers helped raise more than £350 for CLIC Sargent.

Read more
Tue, 17:30

Police are now aiming to clamp down on boy racers.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life
Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition today E-edition



Honiton's trusted business finder