Seaton town poll slammed as waste of money

Just 141 people vote on the future of St Clare’s education centre in �1,000 referendum

JUST 141 people voted in yesterday’s town poll at Seaton over the future of the St Clare’s adult education centre.

Mayor Peter Burrows condemned it as a waste of money – costing around �1,000 to stage - and said the turnout represented only two per cent of the electorate.

Residents were asked to decide: “Are you in favour of Seaton Town Council acquiring St Clare’s Adult Education College site and buildings for the benefit of the people of Seaton?”

The result was 105 for and 36 against.

The call for the referendum was led by The Friends of St Clare’s – formed by three ex-mayors, Jim Knight, Barbara Dearden-Potter and Sandra Semple. They fear the town council is not fully committed to safeguarding the site for the community after it is sold by the county council this summer.

But after the poll Mayor Peter Burrows said: “I feel perhaps that Jim Knight, Sandra Semple and Barbara Dearden-Potter should be ashamed in wasting �1,000 of residents’ money before the full facts were known.”

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