Misunderstanding over banners

PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:52 15 June 2010

As a member of Seaton Visitor Centre Trust, who has worked on the Seaton town banner project since inception, I have been approached by a number of residents who have been dismayed to read in the press that Seaton Town Council declined to make provision o

As a member of Seaton Visitor Centre Trust, who has worked on the Seaton town banner project since inception, I have been approached by a number of residents who have been dismayed to read in the press that Seaton Town Council declined to make provision of £350 in their 2009/10 budget to fund the continuing display this summer. These banners, as many will know, were the work of the town's young people, from both Seaton Primary School and Axe Valley Community College. It was a project that has given immense pleasure and pride not only to all those pupils who were involved, but to the residents and visitors to the town who have enjoyed the celebration of the work of the schools as well as the designation of Seaton as a primary gateway to the Jurassic Coast.Unfortunately, seafront banners cannot withstand winter weather and, therefore, to ensure that Seaton can continue to so prominently display its own unique branding, they must be removed each winter. It seems that the town council misunderstood the request that they meet the annual cost. We were not seeking funds for the benefit of Seaton Visitor Centre Trust but for the benefit of the town, like the council budgets for the cost of Christmas lights in the town from the local precept.It is to be hoped, therefore, that our councillors will look at their budget again, either now or nearer to the time when the banners can be displayed again, and find the £350 required so that we may once more celebrate the work of our town's youth. Heather SanhamBy email


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