'Darkest hour' for traders

PUBLISHED: 01:01 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:37 15 June 2010

I was so upset to learn that Tesco have bought Seaton's Lyme Bay Holiday Park and the village has, therefore, had to give notice that it will close on January 2, 2009. This is devastating for the staff at the village, the hundreds of holidaymakers who wer

I was so upset to learn that Tesco have bought Seaton's Lyme Bay Holiday Park and the village has, therefore, had to give notice that it will close on January 2, 2009.This is devastating for the staff at the village, the hundreds of holidaymakers who were intending to come back in 2009, the various businesses in Seaton and its surrounds who rely directly on the tourism generated by the village, and every other business which benefit indirectly.But it is the loss of the pool and the gym which personally affect me and so many others. We go, not for fun, but to contain often serious medical conditions, as encouraged by this government, the medical profession and just about any "expert" you'd like to point a microphone at.Just a few weeks ago, Tesco assured us that they would listen to the people of Seaton and would like to work with them to help regenerate the town.Just how bulldozing 80 per cent of our tourism capability and virtually our last remaining community facilities is going to benefit the people of Seaton is a mystery.Hundreds of us, horrified by the Liatris plans, are determined to fight them. We have already shown that we are prepared to defend our town.I would urge Tesco, as a matter of great urgency, to send a representative to explain what their intentions are for the site and I have invited them to meet us at Winstons bar, Beach Road, Seaton at 7pm on Thursday, March 20, and I would urge each and everyone of you, meanwhile, to support your local shops, and businesses, to the hilt, in what must be amongst their darkest hours.Lizzie BewsherMeadwaySeaton

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