Bulldozers set to move in Seaton

PUBLISHED: 12:15 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 15 June 2010

TESCO is about to begin demolition work to improve the safety and appearance of the Seaton regeneration site. The supermarket giant recently bought the land along Harbour Road from developers Liatris and will take action in the coming weeks to ensure the

TESCO is about to begin demolition work to improve the safety and appearance of the Seaton regeneration site.The supermarket giant recently bought the land along Harbour Road from developers Liatris and will take action in the coming weeks to ensure "the site is not a health and safety hazard while work continues on preparing detailed redevelopment plans".Measures will include the erection of a new fence to the rear of the site alongside the tramway and repair of the existing perimeter fence where it is needed.The old clubhouse will be demolished and the rubble from the demolition will be used to infill the redundant swimming pool. All the chalets will also be demolished and the rubble used on the site.A spokesman for Tesco said the company will be "working with the community, Seaton Town Council, East Devon District Council and all other stakeholders to make Seaton the principal sustainable tourism destination and visitor attraction in the region. "Regeneration will bring great benefits to the town and its residents by providing modern supermarket shopping facilities, employment opportunities and affordable housing".East Devon District councillor for Seaton ward Margaret Rogers: "There are mixed views about Tesco."Some think it would give them a monopoly in the district, with stores in Axminster, Honiton, Exeter and possibly now Seaton."On the other hand there is some relief that something is happening, and we're not just in limbo."It's certainly a relief that something is happening about the eyesore."Although Tesco owns the regeneration site there is still land owned by EDDC adjacent to it and supermarket rival Sainsbury's has expressed an interest in bringing a store to the resort."I don't think there's any harm in Tesco being challenged," continued councillor Rogers."Sometimes it's good for a juggernaut not to get everything its own way.

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