Seaton fights for youth facilities

PUBLISHED: 13:54 01 July 2008 | UPDATED: 21:59 15 June 2010

YOUNG people in Seaton are missing out on facilities while surrounding towns benefit from funding, according to the town council.

YOUNG people in Seaton are missing out on facilities while surrounding towns benefit from funding, according to the town council.Local councillors have criticised Devon County Council for excluding the town's children and young people from provisions offered to other areas.Councillors proposed writing a letter to County Hall, asking for a policy statement on its plans for the town.Concerns were said to have also been expressed to the EDDC Youth Champion.Speaking to the Herald, town clerk Philip Higginson said: "There has been no publicly funded provision for children and young people in Seaton since the youth centre closed well over a year ago - and that was funded through a board of trustees."DCC, who are responsible for the youth provision, haven't provided any money to offer something in its place."He added that now with the closure of Grove Zero, which was run by councillor Sophie O'Connell, other amusement was needed for the youth of the town.Frustration over lack of facilities in the town is further fuelled by an apparent abundance in nearby areas."It's quite clear from the news that there are going to be considerable sums of money spent in Axminster and Colyton," said Mr Higginson. "The young people have been asking their parents why they have not had anything, and the parents raised the issue with us.

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