Tesco reveals Seaton regeneration ideas

PUBLISHED: 13:59 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:44 15 June 2010

Tesco has presented its initial ideas for the regeneration of Seaton during a meeting between interested landowners and local councillors.

Tesco has presented its initial ideas for the regeneration of Seaton during a meeting between interested landowners and local councillors.The supermarket giant has agreed to be represented as a landowner on a new Seaton Regeneration Board and is also to meet local traders jointly with the town council.The meeting took place at the Knowle, in Sidmouth, yesterday (Thursday).A Tesco spokesman said after the meeting: "We are delighted that both East Devon District and Seaton Town Councils showed positive interest in our ideas for the town's regeneration and endorsed them as the right way forward."We are also pleased that the opportunity would appear to exist for a suitably-sized store of up to 40,000 square feet as an anchor to the scheme to help to attract visitors to Seaton. In the light of the positive reaction we now look forward to bringing these plans forward for public consultation."At the meeting Tesco also revealed the results of a telephone survey to find out what Seaton people wanted in the town, and to assess present and future shopping habits.The survey, of more than 600 people in Seaton and the surrounding areas, revealed a demand for more and better facilities in the town; that more should be done to attract tourism; and a demand for more job opportunities, better skills training, and more affordable housing.The survey results are in two parts - the first section dealing with facilities, jobs and housing, and the second about shopping in the town.It showed that 56% of people questioned felt there were insufficient facilities for children and young people, with a youth centre being the most sought after facility (77%). The individual facilities most frequently cited as being needed were a cinema (26%), an improved seafront (20%) and leisure facilities/swimming pool (17%).73% of residents thought that not enough was done to attract tourists to Seaton.The survey also revealed that:. 81% of residents said there is not enough affordable housing in the area. 78% of those surveyed thought job prospects are poor. 73% said opportunities for developing skills and receiving training are poorThe second part of the survey dealt with shopping habits and revealed that 60% of people travel outside Seaton to do their main grocery shopping with 41% of those saying the reason is because there isn't a big enough supermarket in the town.In addition the survey showed that:. 63% of people consider the choice of shops in Seaton is either not very good or not good at all. 73 % said that they would be likely to use a major supermarket in Seaton if there was one . 74% said such a supermarket wouldn't affect their use of other shops in Seaton, with 13% saying it would make them more likely to use other shops in the town. 65% of residents thought there were too few petrol stations in Seaton The Tesco spokesman said: "The survey has given us some very useful information which will help us with our plans for the regeneration of the town. This is just the first stage of our consultation with the community and we will be announcing further opportunities to comment soon.

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