Fears over Seaton Tourist Information Centre

A SEATON man fears the Tourist Information Centre will not survive if the council ceases funding. John Seyard, who was previously on the TIC s advisory committee, called on the town council to be transparent in their actions during full council meetin

A SEATON man fears the Tourist Information Centre will not survive if the council ceases funding.

John Seyard, who was previously on the TIC's advisory committee, called on the town council to be 'transparent' in their actions during full council meeting on Monday.

He said the council's motion to delegate the town clerk to make the necessary changes to bring 'best value' for the centre was ambiguous.

He said: "I ask that this council be aware of the importance of the TIC when thinking of tourism. All dealings involving the centre's future need to be done covertly."


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When questioned, Mayor Sandra Semple said there had been no business plan presented by the advisory committee.

The council voted to hold discussions on the notice of motion in private.

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Speaking to the Herald, Mr Seyard said he feared the centre would suffer and jobs would be hit as the council cut costs to reduce the authority's deficit.

He said: "We are trying desperately to make Seaton a tourist town so the council needs to give its support financially."

Funding of �10,000 has been put forward for the centre for this year - a drop by �4,000 on the previous year. But nothing has been allocating for following years.

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