Locals were own worst enemies

PUBLISHED: 01:01 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:38 15 June 2010

I attended the first session of the meeting regarding the Seaton regeneration proposals. There was obviously going to be a further session, owing to the number of people waiting outside to find out what may or may not be on the agenda. As usual, it was a

I attended the first session of the meeting regarding the Seaton regeneration proposals. There was obviously going to be a further session, owing to the number of people waiting outside to find out what may or may not be on the agenda.As usual, it was a free-for-all and, sometimes, I think the general public and the residents of Seaton are their own worst enemies. Everyone wants to air their personal views, sometimes aggressively, so it becomes a slanging match between, on this occasion, Tesco's PR representative and the public, with questions being put which, quite clearly at this point in time, have no definite answers. EDDC had a representative in attendance but, as usual, didn't have anything positive to offer the residents of Seaton in the way of support.I feel that the residents of Seaton realise that regeneration is desperately overdue, but they need to 'get real' and we need to work together with both Tesco and EDDC, as has been attempted by Stand Up For Seaton and the town council. We need EDDC to stand up for what is important for the town, its residents AND visitors.We have to be offered a new leisure centre, gym, pool and creche, as well as holiday accommodation, as part of any deal. From the meeting last Thursday, it seems that Tesco reckon a short timescale will apply before any plans are turned into reality, but the closure of Lyme Bay Holiday Village next January will still leave Seaton more like a ghost town than a regeneration zone, and for how long?So, EDDC and Tesco, get your heads together pronto and, EDDC especially, act to support those who pay their community charges - otherwise you may just face a boycott! Andy Wise White Cross Court Seaton

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