Driving Seaton’s regeneration forward

PUBLISHED: 12:59 08 April 2015

Harry Barton (centre), Alison Hayward, regeneration and economy manager, East Devon District Council, and Mike Ruiter celebrate the CCF award

Harry Barton (centre), Alison Hayward, regeneration and economy manager, East Devon District Council, and Mike Ruiter celebrate the CCF award


Fresh commitment to boost the resort’s future prosperity

The partners in Seaton’s regeneration programme have committed to drive the process forward, while welcoming the progress made so far.

The pledge was made at the recent meeting of the Seaton Regeneration Board.

The gathering welcomed the new manager of Seaton Jurassic, Mike Ruiter, and heard that construction of the £4million visitor centre at The Underfleet site was on schedule for the July opening of the first hub, including the café and shop.

The final interpretation plans have been agreed so installation can begin as soon as the building work is complete. The Government’s award of a further £200,000 for the centre, as reported in last week’s Herald, was also welcomed.

Recently, the first volunteer event was held in Seaton Town Hall with more than 100 people showing interest in helping.

The meeting also heard about Seaton Tramway’s proposals to change to charity status and shared a preview of its 
first-ever TV advert.

Work on the next stage of the Stop Line Way, the long distance cycle and walking route linking the Bristol Channel to Lyme Bay, from the rear of The Saltings through to Colyford Common can now begin following the transfer of land.

Seaton Town Council outlined the latest seafront enhancement plans which are supported by the regeneration board.

It is hoped that these will go out for public consultation during May.

Regeneration board chairman Councillor Ian Thomas said: “This was another positive meeting where we heard clear progress on some major projects within the town and opportunities for more to come.

“The Grizzly weekend showed what can be achieved with many partners working together and the praise for the town, its people and the organisation was well deserved. We are determined to continue to work together to attract more businesses into Seaton. I am confident that our funding into Seaton Jurassic and other initiatives will encourage the private sector to make further improvements and investment in the town.”

● Seaton Regeneration Board includes representatives from key local businesses; Axmouth, Seaton, East Devon and Devon county councils and residents.

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