Shopkeeper under stress

PUBLISHED: 02:01 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:30 15 June 2010

The decision by a group of parish councillors and planners to refuse the acceptance of the installation of a perfectly new, top quality replacement shop frontage on Green Dragon Antiques, in Seaton, is abysmal. This, coupled with the fact that the same gr

The decision by a group of parish councillors and planners to refuse the acceptance of the installation of a perfectly new, top quality replacement shop frontage on Green Dragon Antiques, in Seaton, is abysmal.This, coupled with the fact that the same group have turned a blind eye to a conversion in Harepath Road, that had no planning application in existence. It is a second home, owned by a resident of Doncaster. The two-bedroom bungalow has been turned into four bedrooms, all with en-suite, for the sole purpose of holiday letting.The owner was allowed to carry on with the conversion and, within a few weeks, the same group had received and accepted, in retrospect, the plans.What is more disturbing is the fact that the owner of Green Dragon Antiques is receiving a huge amount of stress due to the authorities using bullying tactics to frighten her into either paying thousands of pounds to reverse the installation or be prepared to pay a large fine for refusing to do so.Considering that nearly 400 signatures from local people have been obtained, so far, supporting the new frontage and only a few old historians are against, it is time that the voice of the residents of Seaton should be taken into account, rather some remote groups in the EDDC who would be content to allow Seaton to become a little old town full of "Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppes" and holiday lets?Seaton should be allowed to move with confidence and determination into the 21st century by unshackling the straight jacket of history without further interference from a soon to be defunct EDDC, who never gave Seaton much change anyway.The new Unitary Council for Devon could not be any less effective and, perhaps, will take Devon as a whole in a more positive direction.Mr S G PemberElmfield Road Seaton


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