Change the rules, EDDC

PUBLISHED: 09:00 04 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:58 15 June 2010

I am appalled! Two widows, one of whom is Connie Wellington aged 85, who are determined to make Seaton look good and be proud of two successful businesses in a town which is otherwise rapidly becoming run down and skeletal, have been kicked in the teeth f

I am appalled! Two widows, one of whom is Connie Wellington aged 85, who are determined to make Seaton look good and be proud of two successful businesses in a town which is otherwise rapidly becoming run down and skeletal, have been kicked in the teeth for their attempts to regenerate Seaton. All because of crazy outdated rules. Will no-one stand up to EDDC and make them answerable for their bullying tactics? Why do they not change the rules? Rules are not set in stone, or wood come to that. Why is it that other premises in town which have plastic windows have gone unnoticed and unchallenged?Has EDDC not heard of the world trying to conserve rain forests etc to reduce our carbon footprint and to save habitats for people and wildlife? Or the long-established recommendation to have double glazing (apparently denied these traders) to conserve energy? Think too, we are a seaside town. Wood rots quickly in salty air. Wood is high maintenance, plastic is not. Conserve our resources and catch up with the rest of the world, Seaton. Go uPCV as the town hall has done with its new plastic frontage and automatic doors. Wait! Haven't they just broken their own rules? Is it in keeping with the town hall's heritage? Is it also in the conservation area?I have not had the pleasure of knowing Mrs Denning, but I support her wholeheartedly. Connie and her late husband, Gordon, gave their hearts to Seaton, supporting all kinds of causes including Churches Together in Seaton, the Methodist Church, Christian Aid, swimming for the elderly, running two brilliant businesses, giving jobs locally, offering hospitality to all, Connie using her catering skills from small groups to huge groups, including charity lunches and farmers' markets almost effortlessly and always voluntarily. A pillar of the church, a pillar of the town.And Gordon: all of us were full of admiration when there was a landslide near their house at Seaton Hole. The authorities did nothing. Aged over 80 and suffering from cancer, Gordon made steps down to the beach - yes, we called it Gordon's Way.I could go on, but I think such worthy people should be given medals, the freedom of the 'city' of Seaton. Councillors, stand up to be counted - even if it means resigning en masse as Larry Garner has done so laudably. These good, kind traders are losing heart as well as losing hard-earned money. If we don't support them, the heart of Seaton will die. Why bother to regenerate Seaton if we don't recognise the good, the smart and the hard work of those businesses which are trying their level best to make the wonderful little town of Seaton move into the 21st century. Cherish your local traders or die.Janet LangWessiters Seaton


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