Seaton to fight for pool

PUBLISHED: 08:38 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 15 June 2010

TESCO will be asked to maintain both the gym and pool facilities in Seaton after the holiday camp closes at the end of the year.

TESCO will be asked to maintain both the gym and pool facilities in Seaton after the holiday camp closes at the end of the year.Seaton Town Council agreed that the supermarket, as owner of the site, should keep the facilities open, as, without them, the town will have no public pool or gym.The matter arose at the monthly meeting of Seaton Town Council, after the mayor, Councillor Sandra Semple, suggested a letter be sent to Devon Primary Care Trust to ask for such provisions for the health of the community.Councillor John Meakin said: "That camp will belong to Tesco. We should ask them to keep the facilities running for the town. They are being used and are in good working order at the moment."Tesco is a national company which could be embarrassed into keeping them open and it would not cost them a penny piece and they can afford a penny piece. Tesco hold the key to this."Town clerk Philip Higginson suggested the matter be raised with Tesco at the next meeting of the Regeneration Board. He said: "Tesco sits on the Regeneration Board. If you are taking your request direct to Tesco, then they will be sat around this table at the end of the week. It is a totally different attitude we need to take with Tesco than with the PCT."Councillors also agreed to write to both the PCT and East Devon District Council about the provision of such facilities in the town.Mrs Semple said there is a national debate going on about children having healthier lifestyles, which "is all about exercise".She said: "But these facilities are being taken away from us, so I do not know if we can use that to support our agenda (to get more facilities in Seaton)."However, Councillor Peter Burrows said he understood the sentiment of writing to the PCT but it was EDDC that would be responsible for leisure provision.Councillors agreed that a letter should be sent to both organisations, to request that the provision of a pool and gym be given a very high priority.

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