Seaton 'short-changed' again - mayor

PUBLISHED: 11:14 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:30 15 June 2010

SEATON residents will be 'short-changed', if the proposed gym and pool closure at the Lyme Bay Holiday Village goes ahead, according to the resort's mayor.

SEATON residents will be 'short-changed', if the proposed gym and pool closure at the Lyme Bay Holiday Village goes ahead, according to the resort's mayor.Councillor Sandra Semple hit out, during the monthly meeting of Seaton Town Council on Monday night, at East Devon District Council's "inadequate response" to the town's lack of facilities. In a letter to the town clerk, the district council's corporate director, Peter Jeffs, made a number of suggestions for Seaton residents to keep fit, including the use of the sports centre at Colyton Grammar School, taking up walking, gardening and cycling.Councillor Semple said: "I think this is arrogant and shows contempt for the people of Seaton. We are short changed yet again."Mr Jeffs wrote: "For reasons of cost efficiency the municipal indoor sports facilities serving Seaton are those provided in conjunction with Colyton Grammar School, around two miles away."As with similar dual use facilities provided in other towns, the secondary school sites are not always immediately accessible to all the town, nor available during school hours, so there is some compromise to this method of achieving a good spread of facilities."He added the provision of sports facilities was not a mandatory duty for the district councils but that they did take people's health seriously.He said: "Of course, not all healthful physical activity needs to be provided in the form of sport, or at sports facilities, as many forms of activity such as walking, gardening, yoga, cycling or dancing are also popular."He also recommended contacting community transport providers such as TRIP to combine a 'travel and swim' package.Councillor Semple questioned if the district council would have the same attitude if Sidmouth or Budleigh were concerned. Believing the suggestions to be impractical, she said: "I personally, as an old person who doesn't drive, wouldn't want to go to Colyton on a winter's night. And there isn't a bus."Town and district councillor Jim Knight said: "I have been fighting and fighting for facilities in this town for ages and ages. But the money isn't there. They have to wait for Seaton Heights to give up their money.

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