Still time to comment on Seaton seafront scheme

PUBLISHED: 14:58 28 October 2015

Seaton town councillor Heather Sanham (left) and library supervisor Pene Davis at the seafront regeneration exhibition. Picture CHRIS CARSON

Seaton town councillor Heather Sanham (left) and library supervisor Pene Davis at the seafront regeneration exhibition. Picture CHRIS CARSON

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Regeneration plans are on show at the town's library until the end of the month

There is still time for residents to have their say on multi-million- pound plans to regenerate Seaton seafront.

A detailed model showing the proposals is on show at the town’s library where people can fill in a questionnaire expressing their views until the end of this month. Town councillors will also be on hand to answer questions.

Librarian Pene Davis said so far a good number of people had called in to see the exhibition and talk to councillors.

Two years ago, Seaton Town Council drew up a brief to improve the seafront.

This included pedestrian priority as a minimum of the area from Fisherman’s Gap roundabout eastwards at least to the area including the Moridunum WCs (now closed).

Other elements were:

● A raised level for all or part of the width of The Esplanade to reduce the impact of the seawall from the landward side.

● A treatment of the seawall surface.

● A treatment for Moridunum toilets if they were to be renewed with alternative public toilet facilities towards the eastern end of the design area.

● More scope for permanent planting along with better signposting, non-controversial public art, a bike lane, facilities and space for occasional street markets, cycle hire, public seating, storage for deckchairs and umbrellas and commercial and private beach hire from the beach.

The key aims of the project are to deliver ‘a vibrant, safe and practical community space’ for events, markets, performances etc in a more visually attractive setting for visitors. It would also afford better connection between the town and beach and help businesses through creating higher footfall and business opportunities.

A spokesman for the council said: “This is the final public consultation exercise with a scaled model of the seafront, which has been designed in accordance with advice from what is acceptable to highways, the Environment Agency and EDDC planners. The work to date has been funded by the town council and EDDC. Funds are in place to enable the proposals to go to planning and, if approved, would enable external funding to be sought to implement the scheme costed at between £3-4million.”

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