2017 Archived News

September 2017

Councillor Stephen Read takes up his new role

Seaton Town Council welcomed Councillor Stephen Read to his first, formal Council meeting on Monday 4th September. Stephen was co-opted to the Council on Monday 7th August following the departure of Councillor Simon Polloni earlier this year.

Stephen joins the Council at a time of change and innovation in the Council's work on behalf of the Town. We are delighted to have Stephen on board and wish him every success in his new role.

Councillor Read has considerable experience in international asset management and construction consultancy and coastal protection projects. he is a representative on the West Seaton and Seaton Hole Residents' Association and on the Stakeholder Group considering the Seaton Beach Management Plan. Prior to retirement he was a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Member of the Association of Cost Engineers. He is an active Member of the National Coastwatch Institution supporting safety at sea along with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the Coastguard Rescue Service and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Seaton Seafront Enhancement Scheme gets the go ahead

Seaton Town Council’s planning application for the Seafront Enhancement Scheme was approved by East Devon District Council's Development Management Committee on Monday 7th August. This development is part of the Council’s ongoing efforts to improve the facilities and appearance of the Town for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors and to raise the profile of Seaton more widely. Extensive public consultation took place prior to the final planning application being submitted.

The development will be on the western end of the Esplanade between the bottom of Castle Hill and Beach Road. It will greatly improve the look and function of the seafront by providing a multi-purpose public space at the main access link between the seafront and the town centre, replace the Moridunum with a purpose built new building suitable for a variety of uses, improve vehicle and pedestrian access, including a new bus stop lay-out, pedestrian crossings and changed parking facilities. There will be a raised walkway with seating and space for ‘beach hut’ kiosks to encourage new and existing business opportunities.

For further information please contact Amy Tregellas, Town Clerk on (01297) 21388 or email townclerk@seaton.gov.uk


July 2017

Are you interested in being a Councillor - we have a Vacancy

Seaton Town Council now has a Councillor vacancy and is now looking to co-opt a replacement.

We are looking for someone who is interested in local current affairs and who wants to serve their local community.

To be eligible for co-option you must be over 18, be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union and meet at least one of the following criteria:

1. You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish/community in which you wish to stand

2. You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish/community area during the whole of the 12 months before the date of co-option.

3. Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the date of co-option has been in the parish/community area.

4. You have lived in the parish/community area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the date of co-option.

Application Form

For more information contact Amy Tregellas, Town Clerk at townclerk@seaton.gov.uk or by telephone 01297 21388

The deadline for applications to be returned to the Town Clerk is by 12 noon on Wednesday 26th July.

All applicants will be invited to meet with Councillors at 6pm on Monday 7th August and will be invited to do a short 5-minute presentation to Councillors on ‘why they want to be a Councillor’ and be prepared to answer any questions.

The Council will then decide who to co-opt at the Council meeting on the 7th August that starts at 7pm.

Have Your Say Session

The next Have your say session is taking place at Seaton Town Council offices at the Marshlands Centre on Thursday 20th July between 7pm and 8pm. Members of the public are welcome to drop in and raise any issues or concerns that they have with the Police and with Councillors. The sessions are being run by Seaton Police and Seaton Town Council.

PC Jenkins says ‘This is a great opportunity to meet the Neighbourhood Police Team and members of the Council and also to raise any concerns or pass any information you may have’

Councillor Martin Pigott says ‘the Council is very keen to work in partnership with the Police to deal with matters of importance to our local community. In order to be able to do this we need members of the public to raise any issues that they have with us and the ‘Have your say’ sessions are an ideal way of doing this’.

For more information please contact Seaton Town Council on 01297 21388 or email townclerk@seaton.gov.uk


June 2017

Alzheimer's Coffee Morning

Seaton Town Council is supporting the Alzheimer’s Cupcake Day on Tuesday 20th June, by holding a coffee morning between 10.30am to 12.30pm at the Marshlands Centre in Harbour Road.

We would like to see as many members of the public as possible come along and join us, to have a coffee and cake to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Everyone is welcome. For anyone who would like to donate cakes, (it does not have to be cupcakes) they can be bought in to Marshlands on Monday 19th June or bring them along with you on the day.

Every penny raised from the cupcake coffee morning will go to the Alzheimer’s Society to make sure that they can be there for people affected by dementia.

It is estimated that 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK and that this number will rise to 1 million by 2025 and 2 million by 2050.

Seaton Town Council is supporting a project to make Seaton a dementia friendly town. If you are interested in becoming a dementia friend please get in touch by calling 01297 21388 or emailing admin@seaton.gov.uk

Accounts for the Year Ended 31st March 2017

Please see below links to the Council's Accounts for 2016/17 as well as notice of the date of commencement of the period for the exercise of public rights for the accounts for the year ended 31st March 2017.

Annual Governance Statement

Accounting Statements

Declaration that the statement of accounts are unaudited

Notice of commencement of the period for the exercise of public rights

To exercise your rights please contact the Town Clerk for information or to make an appointment on townclerk@seaton.gov.uk or telephone 01297 21388


May 2017

New Mayor and Deputy Mayor

At the Council's Annual General Meeting held on the 8th May 2017, Councillor Jack Rowland was elected as Mayor for the 2017/18 Municipal Year. Councillor Martin Pigott was elected as the Deputy Mayor.

Seaton Town Council vote against going forward with Judicial Review

At its meeting on 2nd May, Seaton Town Council voted against proceeding with legal action against the Clinical Commissioning Group. The potential cost of undertaking a Judicial Review is at least £100,000. Neither Seaton Town Council or Seaton Hospital League of Friends are in a financial position to underwrite this cost pending public donations. Both parties, having considered the advice given, felt the case for Judicial Review was not as strong as they hoped it would be.

However, the Council and the Seaton Hospital League of Friends will continue to do everything that it can including lobbying the Devon County Council Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee, the local MP and the Secretary of State over the matter.

Cllr Hartnell said “whilst the Council is not in a position to proceed to Judicial Review this is not the end of the matter. We will work with our colleagues at the League of Friends to continue to fight this decision.”

Seaton in Bloom 2017 Competition

Seaton Town Council is calling on all gardeners to enter into this year's Seaton in Bloom competition. There are six different classes for individuals, groups and businesses to enter and the lucky winners will be announced at a special presentation evening on September 8th 2017.

The Classes are:

Best Small Front Garden (5m x 5m)

Best Medium Front Garden (5m x 10m)

Best Large Front Garden (10m x 10m)

Best Communal Residential Area

Best Allotment Site

Best Business Display

Closing date for entries is 31st July 2017 and judging will take place on 7th August 2017.

Please click here to download an entry form.


April 2017

Annual Town Meeting

The Council held a very successful Town Meeting on Thursday 20th April. It was well attended and members of the audience heard from a variety of speakers. Councillor Marcus Hartnell, Chairman and Mayor, reported on the extensive work of the Council in the 2016 / 2017 Municipal Year and some of the challenges arising. Committee Chairman, Councillors Martin Pigott (Community & Open Spaces), Heather Sanham (Finance & General Purposes), Jack Rowland (Estates) and Martin Shaw (Planning) explained the work of their respective committees and key issues arising. External speakers provided lively, informative presentations with Mr Simon Card talking about the work of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust, Mr Harry Barton, Chief Executive Officer for the Devon Wildlife Trust spoke about the development of Seaton Jurassic and the Tourist Information Office. Karin Frewin, Marketing & Events Specialist updated the audience on the work of Seaton Town Development Team and candidates for election to Devon County Council in May, Ian Martin, Helen Parr and Martin Shaw spoke about their experience and ambitions. There was an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions of Seaton Town Council and the candidates for election. Our thanks to all those who attended the meeting.


March 2017

Seafront Enhancement Scheme

East Devon District Council are currently consulting on the Seaton Seafront Enhancement Scheme. The closing date for comments is 28 March 2017.

To view the plans visit


The Plans are also available on East Devon District Councils planning portal and to access this information you will need to quote the reference number 17/0369/FUL.


Seaton Big Clean 2017

A BIG THANK YOU to all those of you who volunteered for the BIG CLEAN on Saturday 3rd March. We were delighted to see so many volunteers on the day and your commitment and energy has made a huge difference to the environment in Seaton for residents, businesses and visitors. Well Done. Congratulations to our competition winners on the day.


 January 2017

Seaton Town Council Grants' Awards January 2017

Five local organisations were awarded grants totaling £3,990 recently. The groups in receipt of grants are Seaton Cricket Club, Seaton Martial Arts Centre, Seaton Majorettes, Seaton & District Memory Cafe and Axe Valley and West Dorset Ring and Ride Service.

Representatives from the grant-aided groups attended an awards ceremony at Marshlands on Monday 20th January to receive cheques from the Mayor of Seaton, Councillor Marcus Hartnell.

The Mayor said "It is always very pleasing when the Council is able to support local groups and organisations within our Town through the Grant Funding Scheme. I think it is important that the Council recognises the hard work of volunteers within our community by offering financial assistance when needed."

The next round of grant applications will be considered by the Council in July. Groups wanting to apply for a grant can find more details and an application form on our website by visiting the link below.

Seaton Town Council Grant Funding Application and Background Information.

Axe Valley & West Dorset Ring and Ride Service

Seaton Cricket Club

Seaton Martial Arts Centre

Seaton Majorettes

Seaton & District Memory Cafe


At the Extraordinary Council meeting on 9 January, Seaton Town Council agreed its budget for 2017-18 requiring a precept of £306,989 (this represents £99.09 at Council Tax Band D).

All Councillors have contributed to the budget setting process which began three months ago.

Council Chairman, Councillor Marcus Hartnell said "Seaton Town Council is a very active and busy council, working hard to deliver on multiple projects, whilst continuing to make our town vibrant and welcoming. As we take on assets and services from other authorities we must make decisions that ultimately have financial implications. As Councillors we have to justify those decisions, and the impact they have on our taxpayers. We have chosen not to cut back on the nice things we do, such as Christmas lights in the town centre and seasonal planting displays as we know residents and visitors enjoy them. It would be wrong to stop caring about the appearance of our town at a time when we are attracting a lot of investment, including the construction of a Premier Inn hotel, that will ultimately attract more visitors."

"We are striving to become a more efficient and business-minded organisation, seeking to generate our own income, minimise our operating costs and deliver value for our community. The increase of 41p per week for a band-D property, in relation to what we do, and the assets we have acquired in the Town Hall and Marshlands, represents great value."