300 at Tesco meeting in Seaton

PUBLISHED: 14:01 25 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:38 15 June 2010

Over 300 people last Thursday attended meetings with Tesco over the closure of the Lyme Bay Holiday Village in Seaton.

Over 300 people last Thursday attended meetings with Tesco over the closure of the Lyme Bay Holiday Village in Seaton.Two meetings had to be held at Winston's in Harbour Road due to the large turnout of residents wanting to know more about the supermarket's plans after the takeover of the site of the holiday camp.Tesco sent a representative from their public relations consultants, PR Dogs, who confirmed that, should they get planning consent, they would be keen to start redevelopment as soon as possible. Stand UP 4 Seaton member Lizzie Bewsher said that, while she supported "proper" regeneration, she did not see what the attraction would be to have yet another Tesco.She said: "Tesco said when they first came here they were keen to listen to and work with the people of Seaton. I have seen no evidence of this. Why have they not discussed their plans with us?"She referred to the 150 employees, including 70 who live there, and the hundreds of local people who use the gym and pool, who would lose out if such a facility was closed.Mrs Bewsher also questioned the closure of the holiday village before Tesco's plans have been approved by EDDC. She said: "I'm appalled. It's a bit presumptuous to close the holiday village. It pre-supposes that we will agree their plans."Mrs Bewsher called on residents to fundraise and raise the publicity against the closure, and will be rallying support at the Lyme Bay Holiday Village this Saturday, March 29 at 11 am.PR Dogs' director John Taynton, said: "It was a valuable exercise being able to hear the views of the people at the meeting and we are grateful for the opportunity to be there."We were also able to correct some misunderstandings. It's important to recognise East Devon District Council had designated the area as a redevelopment zone. "The holiday camp would be closing anyway - whoever was redeveloping it."With regard to what people want, he said surveys were being conducted. He said they were also working with private operators to ensure that a nursery would be in place, and would look at options on how to provide other facilities.Mr Taynton said they would know more after their meeting with the council tonight (Wednesday, March 26). The meeting will not be open to the public.

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