Grim, dull and run down...

PUBLISHED: 14:42 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:45 20 April 2010

Titivation is what Seaton seafront needs. Smarten the place up, get it clean and tidy, adorn, not only for the locals to be proud of, but to attract the tourists as well because, let's face it, the seafront is looking grim, dull and generally run down. I

Titivation is what Seaton seafront needs. Smarten the place up, get it clean and tidy, adorn, not only for the locals to be proud of, but to attract the tourists as well because, let's face it, the seafront is looking grim, dull and generally run down. I should know - I manage Treats cafe with my wife, Sandra, and my daughter, Jennifer, so we see the state of the seafront on a day-to-day basis. I write this in response to your question: Is Seaton seafront looking tired? Well, in a word...Yes! After reading the front page of the Midweek Herald (Axe Valley edition) last week, I think we, the locals, can see why the John Meakins, Bob Palacios and Sandra Semples of Seaton haven't got a clue how to come up with ideas, except to meet with a few guys from the Racal site to get a couple of "nice" suggestions. Nor do they know how to apply for other funding and to get it as quickly as possible, or even how much "funds" Devon County Council has that they could apply for. Oh well, I don't think many locals will be holding their breath waiting to see a share of a £60million windfall being spent on the seafront. Seaton will be waiting forever. I've waited nearly two years for a response from Ted Gosling, or someone from Axe Valley Heritage Museum, over an eyesore that is directly opposite Treats cafe. I refer to a small brick building, which used to house a barometer, and I offered to run a raffle, or something, to raise a few pounds to restore this little building to its former glory and asked for their thoughts on this "long overdue" restoration job and who's permission I might need but, to date, I've had no response. I wonder if this is indicative of the attitude of the rest of Seaton's town council? Only lots more time will probably tell. In the meantime, if anybody is interested in helping to restore this little building, either financially by donation or by physical hard work, please get in touch with me. STEVE FORMAN Treats Cafe

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