Address town's concerns plea

PUBLISHED: 02:01 16 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:04 15 June 2010

It's been a long time since Seaton had the sad news that Tesco had bought the Lyme Bay Holiday Village and that it will close in January 2009. At the time, I expressed deep concerns about the loss of revenue and amenities for the town and the local area a

It's been a long time since Seaton had the sad news that Tesco had bought the Lyme Bay Holiday Village and that it will close in January 2009.At the time, I expressed deep concerns about the loss of revenue and amenities for the town and the local area and was somewhat encouraged by Sainsbury's apparent interest in coming to Seaton.I believe this would encourage people from quite a wide area to come to Seaton simply for a change of retail opportunity - plenty of Tescos in the area but the nearest Sainsbury is in Exeter, so both rarity value and choice - and, therefore, I have been quite dismayed to hear nothing more of Sainsbury's interest.Has Tesco's purchase of land in Seaton put Sainsbury's off? Did EDDC decide that we had no need of Sainsbury's if Tesco were already landowners? Did EDDC refuse to continue negotiations with Sainsbury's without even consulting the people?As I understand it, value for money must be shown for the sale of the land currently owned by EDDC on the regeneration area. Will this be shown and publicly accounted for? Does this value for money actually mean that monies raised by EDDC selling land in Seaton and section 106 monies paid by whatever developers in Seaton get to be spent on Seaton and not elsewhere in the district?The historic under-funding of Seaton by both EDDC and Devon County Council is indefensible. The one shining light of hope was that Sainsbury's might have felt it worth investing here and with it brings a true possibility for regeneration no-one else seems willing to offer. Please, both councils, show how you aim to address Seaton's and my concerns.Michael BayleyLyndale Gully Shoot Colyford EDITOR'S NOTE: No decision has been made over which supermarket chain will be allowed to develop a new store in Seaton. Tesco has bought land not earmarked for the store.The Herald believes a third supermarket could be about to show interest. Watch this space.

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