Long term operator sought for seafront cafe and loos

PUBLISHED: 11:31 09 January 2015 | UPDATED: 11:31 09 January 2015

Seaton's Chine Cafe. Photo chris carson

Seaton's Chine Cafe. Photo chris carson

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Council leaders agree to offer a 25-year lease on Seaton's Chine Cafe ansd public toilets

Council chiefs have confirmed plans to seek a long term operator for Seaton’s seafront Chine Café and adjoining public toilets.

East Devon District Council’s Cabinet has agreed to offer a 25-year plus lease on the building as “a development opportunity”.

The cafe, located at the end of West Walk, has been empty since the previous lease expired early in 2014.

Cabinet members considered a number of options for the cafe and toilets and decided that offering the complete building would make the best use of the unique location while ensuring toilet facilities for the community continues.

It is hoped that an all-year-round cafe will be provided.

Cllr Ian Thomas, cabinet member for economy and chairman of the Seaton regeneration Programme Board, said: “The building is in a prime seafront location and therefore offers a fantastic opportunity to a business to provide an exciting and attractive cafe for Seaton residents and visitors.

“By offering a long 25-year lease with the opportunity for a community toilet scheme we are being as flexible as possible to encourage a developer or operator to come forward.

“We are encouraged by the interest already expressed in the site. Seaton is on the up with Seaton Jurassic opening later this year and thousands more visitors expected. Quality cafes always add to the attraction of a resort and I hope this will contribute to further regeneration in Seaton.”

A council spokeswoman said a reduced toilet facility to the existing provision is likely but pointed out there are more public toilets just 350 metres away on West Walk. In addition the new proposal had the advantage of being joined with the cafe to give longer opening hours and an improved, modern facility.

Marketing of the site will begin in the next few weeks. For information on the potential lease of the cafe contact property@eastdevon.gov.uk or telephone 01395 517416.

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