Black Monday for tourism in Seaton

PUBLISHED: 11:40 06 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:49 15 June 2010

THE closure of a Seaton holiday camp will lead to a huge downturn in tourism, according to the town mayor.

THE closure of a Seaton holiday camp will lead to a huge downturn in tourism, according to the town mayor.As Lyme Bay Holiday Village, in Harbour Road, closed its doors to holidaymakers on Monday, Councillor Sandra Semple said between 400 to 500 tourists were lost from the town's economy overnight.And, with the economic downturn, she fears the closure could not have come at a worse time - causing greater difficulties for Seaton businesses.Councillor Semple said: "It won't have a knock-on effect, it is a knock out for tourism. "It's a desperate situation."It's a great shame because 2009 could have been its best year ever, given that a lot of people are staying in the UK and want value holidays."It's good we have things in the pipeline that will help us in the future, but it's the present that's the problem. "To get through these difficult times we need help from district and county council, who have to use creative thinking to get through the next few years.She added it was unfortunate for the staff to lose their jobs at such a time."The staff have done a wonderful job in the last few years and they're a great loss to Seaton," she said. "There are some very talented and hard working people among the staff and it's a shame we haven't got anything else to offer them in the town."Loss of jobs at the holiday village came as a double blow to the town's economy - the resort's Woolworths store closed less than a week before.Over 150 jobs were said to be at stake when closure plans were first unveiled early last year.Staff, who were still on-site yesterday (Tuesday), said they didn't know how many had eventually been made redundant.

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