Philip returns to his old job

PUBLISHED: 11:46 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 15 June 2010

SEATON Town Council has appointed a familiar face as temporary town clerk while a permanent replacement is found for Heather Sanham, who left the post last week. Philip Higginson, of Talaton, takes up the role for a second time after serving as Seaton tow

SEATON Town Council has appointed a familiar face as temporary town clerk while a permanent replacement is found for Heather Sanham, who left the post last week.Philip Higginson, of Talaton, takes up the role for a second time after serving as Seaton town clerk for seven years between 1997 and 2004.Mr Higginson is a registered clerk and is currently parish clerk for Feniton and Gittisham."I've always kept in touch with various people in Seaton because I have an interest in the town and, when I heard the clerk was going, I offered to help the council through the time they are looking for a permanent clerk," he said."I'm looking forward to being at my old desk."Mr Higginson's role as parish clerk for Feniton and Gittisham takes up roughly five hours a week so he does not expect it to get in the way of his busy role at Seaton Town Hall.At a meeting of Seaton Town Council on Monday evening, councillors voted to accept Mr Higginson's offer of help.Councillor John Meakin said: "I think it's a very generous offer and, knowing Mr Higginson like I do, he would be a great help to us."It will give us time to get a very important appointment right."East Devon district councillor Jim Knight said: "It would be foolhardy not to accept this as he would give us breathing space to draw up a contract - and breathing space is what we need now."Councillor Mel Greenyer said: "It's a temporary measure."He's an experienced clerk."When asked if Mr Higginson would accept the job on a permanent basis if offered, he replied: "That is something I would consider if and when it happened, which I don't expect it to.

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