Seaton’s Chine Café lease still up for grabs

PUBLISHED: 14:59 26 March 2015 | UPDATED: 16:31 14 April 2015

The district council is still looking for a long-term operator for the seafront business

An operator is still being sought to take on the long-term lease of Seaton’s seafront Chine Café.

The iconic building, together with the public toilets located behind it, is being offered on a 25-year lease by owners East Devon District Council.

Officials say that any new tenant would be given the opportunity to combine both buildings to provide a larger café/restaurant facility.

The café, which is located on the end of the West Walk, has been empty since the previous lease expired early last year. The public toilets currently open during the summer season only and the expectation is that these will become integral to the café.

The total floor space, toilets and café, is 1,335 sq ft (124 sq m). Additional land to the front of the building may be available via a separate licence agreement.

Cllr Ian Thomas, cabinet member for economy and chairman of Seaton Regeneration Programme Board, said: “This prime seafront building offers a fantastic opportunity for a business to provide an exciting and attractive café for Seaton residents and visitors.

“Not surprisingly there has been a lot of interest in the site and I am looking forward to seeing some innovative ideas for the building.

“With Seaton Jurassic just months from opening and bringing thousands more visitors to the town, it is important that we make the most of this wonderful facility right on the Jurassic Coast.”

Expressions of interest should be submitted by Monday, April 20. Forms can be obtained by contacting East Devon District Council’s property team via: property@eastdevon.gov.uk or 01395 517416.

● A council spokesman has confirmed that a reduced toilet facility to the existing provision is likely if the building is redeveloped but pointed out there are more public toilets just 350 metres away, in West Walk. In addition, the new proposal has the advantage of being joined with the café to give longer opening hours and an improved, modern facility.

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