Council calls for 'deprived' Seaton to get economic aid

PUBLISHED: 12:55 20 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:53 15 June 2010

SEATON Town Council is pushing to set up a crisis summit following claims the resort is one of the most deprived towns in the South West.

SEATON Town Council is pushing to set up a crisis summit following claims the resort is one of the most deprived towns in the South West.While acknowledging a national recession, councillors said Seaton should be a priority for economic aid following the recent closures of businesses and the holiday camp in the town.During the monthly meeting on Monday, the council recommended three motions to help the town's economy: to contact various organisations for economic aid, to hold a Crisis Summit and to meet with the business community with a view to encourage tourism.The council suggested they contact the South West Regional Agency, the government office for the South West, MP Hugo Swire and MEP Neil Parish.Mayor Sandra Semple compared how East Devon District Council 'jumped' to Honiton's aid when Marks and Spencer's closed in the town and 33 jobs were lost.But she said the district council were slower to help Seaton. "We are now a seriously deprived town. We have lost 170 jobs and we have not had a single person commiserate with us or offer help," she said."It's like we have dropped off the radar. I really do think we have got to make a special effort to point out to those people what's happening in this town."She added: "All towns are in difficulty but we are on the list of deprived communities in Devon. There's a recession, but we shouldn't just roll over and die."The council urged local businesses to approach them so they could work together.Councillor Peter Burrows said: "There are people out there with good ideas they should bring to the town council so we can see what we can do for them.


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