‘Knightmayor’ group aim to save Seaton centre

Three ex mayors join forces to fight for St Clare’s to be bought for the community

Three former Seaton mayors have joined forces to save the St Clare’s centre for the community.

Jim Knight, Barbara Dearden-Potter and Sandra Semple have formed a group called “Friends of St Clare’s”.

Unofficially dubbed the “KnightMayors”, they are asking people and community groups to become founding members of the new organisation, dedicated to encouraging Seaton Town Council to acquire the Fore Street building as an asset for the town.

The three believe that the town council has the means to acquire the building thanks to the extra precept that was levied four years ago for funds for dedicated youth facilities, along with an additional �80,000 due from Tesco.

The stress that the town council has already agreed in principle to the acquire St Clare’s but has yet to reveal its final plans.

Mr Knight said: ”It is a dream come true to have Barbara and Sandra working with me to preserve this wonderful asset for Seaton. They both know how dear to my heart this project is and independently they offered me any help I needed. I felt that the best course of action was to get a dedicated group committed to getting the community involved and to raise funds as and when needed.”

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People and organisations in Seaton are being offered the opportunity to become founder members of the new group and to become Friends of St Clare’s for a donation of �5 each.

The three ex-mayors will be in The Square, in Seaton, on Saturday (January 14) at 10 am and the same time the following Saturday, to enlist the founding “Friends of St Clare’s” and to hear from Seatonians about how they would like to see St Clare’s used by the whole community. They urge anyone who is interested in saving St Clare’s to meet up with them then or contact them direct.