Seaton: Residents slam EDDC decision

PUBLISHED: 10:23 16 September 2009 | UPDATED: 00:11 16 June 2010

PROPOSALS for a Tesco in Seaton were slammed by residents yesterday (Tuesday, September 15). Over 20 people spoke during the special development management committee to consider plans by the supermarket chain and Sainsbury s.

PROPOSALS for a Tesco in Seaton were slammed by residents yesterday (Tuesday, September 15).

Over 20 people spoke during the special development management committee to consider plans by the supermarket chain and Sainsbury's. But only two representatives spoke out in favour of Tesco.

The majority criticised the knock-on effect of Tesco's plans and called for East Devon District Councillors to act democratically.

Seaton's mayor, Sandra Semple, the first to speak, said: "Tesco will destroy our tourism and tarmac all over it. Sainsbury's promises jobs in leisure and tourism - not just supermarkets."

She advised district councillors: "Please don't forget you're here to do what's right for Seaton and not what's most expedient for officers."

Parliamentary candidate for Tiverton and Honiton Jon Underwood, of Axmouth, said: "This plan, if approved, is an aesthetic insult, an economic nonsense, an environmental blight, and a democratic affront."

Claire Wise, of Sustainable Seaton, said the Tesco plans would have a negative environmental impact. She said: "It is 'old fashioned,' lacks vision and should be refused on environmental grounds."

Lizzie Bewsher of Stand Up for Seaton compared their plight to a 'David and Goliath' battle, while David Moseley compared it to World War II. He said: "We shall fight them [Tesco] on the beaches - we shall fight them on the flood plains - we shall not surrender."

James Semple, of Seaton Development Trust, questioned if it would be possible for Tesco to bring landfill in by sea and said the project would increase the flood risk in part of the town.

Axminster Mayor Ron Jones also voiced concern over landfill and possible flooding.

Axmouth parish clerk, Carol Miltenburg, who spoke on behalf of the council, questioned the size of the Tesco supermarket - and the need for such a large building in a coastal town.

But representatives from the Pink Hippo Nursery spoke in favour of Tesco - saying the company had enabled them to stay on site and had been supportive.

Another resident, along with district Cllr Chamberlain, questioned the statistics which stated Sainsbury's was the more popular store.


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