Vying for windfall

PUBLISHED: 13:03 30 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:44 20 April 2010

A £48 million windfall from the sale of Exeter Airport could go towards regenerating Seaton's tired" seafront. Devon County Council sold the airport for £60 million to Regional and City Airports, the investment and development arm of construction company

A £48 million windfall from the sale of Exeter Airport could go towards regenerating Seaton's "tired" seafront. Devon County Council sold the airport for £60 million to Regional and City Airports, the investment and development arm of construction company Balfour Beatty, in January 2007, and is inviting councils to apply for part of the money to put towards worthwhile schemes around the county. Town councillors have earmarked the stretch of seafront from Fisherman's Gap to Beach Road as being in need of regeneration - to increase the resort's appeal to tourists. Formery mayor Councillor John Meakin said: "We should find out exactly what is needed from us to get the money and act quickly, as other organisations may have already applied. "The seaside in Seaton is so tired. "There are just acres and acres of black tarmac, it's a mess." Councillor Bob Palacio said: "The guys from the Racal site met with us some time ago, with a very nice suggestion of making a boulevard all the way from the Hook and Parrot down to the sea wall. "That sort of development would improve the town no end." Seaton town mayor Sandra Semple said: "Devon County Council has four or five funds set aside which councils can bid for. "There is significant improvement to be made along the seafront with the right money." "We have discussed softening the seafront, giving it a much more Mediterranean feel. "I believe it was discussed before in the 1980s and never happened but if we're going to attract tourists to Seaton we must give them something pleasant to look at. It would mean we could hold our own with any seaside town in Devon and Dorset." Seaton Town Council will write to County Hall, requesting details of how to apply for the money. IS Seaton seafront looking tired? To comment, contact your Herald.

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