GPs fear development will add to pressure

PUBLISHED: 14:33 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:44 20 April 2010

A BOARD of experts and councillors is to be created by East Devon District Council to drive the regeneration of Seaton forward. East Devon District Council says it has firmly established the regeneration of the town as a key council priority". The counc

A BOARD of experts and councillors is to be created by East Devon District Council to drive the regeneration of Seaton forward. East Devon District Council says it has "firmly established the regeneration of the town as a key council priority". The council's executive board last week agreed to form a new board to monitor progress in delivering and achieving the aims of the regeneration programme. A spokesperson for the council said: "Whilst land re-development will continue to be an important part of the programme, it is apparent that employment growth, community infrastructure, learning and skills, town centre management and environmental enhancement are fundamental elements of a regeneration programme." Councillor Jim Knight, of Seaton, said: "I'm very pleased this is going forward. "Seaton needs to hope this is going forward sooner rather than later and it's not there for months." The new board will consist of two Devon County Council officials, two EDDC councillors, two Seaton town councillors, one member from the South West Regional Development Agency, one employee from the Environment Agency, one from Natural England and three independent sector seats. At the meeting on Wednesday last week councillors also agreed that a member of Devon Primary Care Trust should sit on the panel, as doctors around the town had expressed concerns over the added pressure a sudden influx of people into Seaton would have on their practices. Councillor Margaret Rogers said: "One of the great concerns expressed by the doctors in the town is that Seaton is overloaded with people already. "So it's a very sensible thing to do." A similar regeneration scheme is planned for Exmouth and will have an entirely separate board.

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