Seaton takes control of its town hall

Pictured from the front (l to r) arer Tony Woodman Cllr Ian Thomas, Trustees of The Seaton Gateway T

Pictured from the front (l to r) arer Tony Woodman Cllr Ian Thomas, Trustees of The Seaton Gateway Theatre Company, Barbara Deardon Potter BME, Paul Hotchkiss (Seaton Citizen of the Year) and Alan Nicholas, and Cllr Marcus Hartnel. - Credit: Archant

‘Community asset’ is handed back to the local council

The ownership of Seaton Town Hall is back where it belongs - with the people of the town, says mayor Tony Woodman

The transfer of the freehold interest of the building from East Devon District Council to the town council was completed last week.

Speaking at the ceremony Cllr Woodman, said: “Seaton Town Council is delighted to have secured the asset. “I am very pleased that the town hall is now back where it belongs, in the ownership of the people of Seaton.

“We must now all work together to make sure the building is a big success for all concerned.

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“I thank everyone involved in what has been a long process for their commitment and effort.

“It has shown the advantages of working together to a common goal.”

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Councillor Ian Thomas, portfolio holder for finance at East Devon District Council, said: “We are delighted that the transfer of this significant asset to Seaton Town Council has now been completed and confident that the new owners will secure its long-term future within the local community.

“My colleagues and I will continue to support the town council and its tenants, during the finalisation of the tenant lease agreements, to do all we can to make sure the transfer is successful on all levels.

“I should like to add personal thanks to all from Seaton Town Council, Seaton’s Voice, Seaton Museum and my East Devon District Council members and officer colleagues, for their positive approach and commitment to delivering this important transfer.”

Seaton Town Hall is a prominent building the town can be proud of and, with new tenants, The Seaton Gateway Theatre Company and Seaton Museum, the town council says it is looking forward to an exciting future ahead. The main principles of leases between Seaton Town Council and its tenants have already been agreed. Detailed legal documents are currently being drawn up, and are expected to be concluded shortly.

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