May Elections - Are you interested in becoming a Seaton Town Councillor?
Would you like to make a difference to the area you live in?
Seaton Town Council is calling on residents who are passionate about their community to stand in the local elections in May 2019.
What do Councillors do?
Councillors are the champions of their community and give residents a voice on the decisions the council makes. Becoming a councillor will allow you to make a real difference in your community by engaging with residents, local groups and businesses to find out their needs, making decisions on which services and projects the council should take forward and getting involved locally to ensure the services are meeting your community's needs.
How long does it take?
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Local Councillor Census Surey found out that Councillors put aside on average, three hours per week for council work. This often includes attending meetings, engaging with residents and speaking on behalf of the council to other bodies. The duration of an elected Town or Parish Councillor is four years.
Can I stand?
There are only a few rules to stand for election. You must be:
- A British citizen or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union.
- 18 years of age or older
- Live in the Seaton area, 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 election.
3. Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the date of election 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 election.
If you would like to apply to become a Seaton Town Councillor, please call into the Council Offices at Marshlands on Harbour Road and collect a nomination pack. We are open 9am to 3pm Monday to Thursday.
For more details on the elections, please refer to the East Devon District Council website, who are running the District, Town and Parish local elections.
Seaton Big Clean Saturday 2nd March 2019
A big thank you to all volunteers who came out to help with the Big Clean on Saturday 2nd March. We were delighted to see so many volunteers attend on the day and the commitment and energy has made a huge difference to the environment in Seaton for residents, businesses and visitors.
Saturday 9th March 2019
Devon & Cornwall Police Crime & Safety Roadshow 10am to 2pm
The Marshlands Centre, Harbour Road, Seaton. EX12 2LT
Click Here to download a poster.
Special Grizz Fest Artisan Market
- Windsor Gardens Seaton
- Saturday 9th March 2019 10am to 3pm
As you know from previous years, the Grizzly running event is taking place the weekend of 9th and 10th March. This attracts thousands of runners and spectators over the whole weekend.
This is a great opportunity to showcase your products via the Artisan market, which will be held in Windsor Gardens outside the Grizzly HQ.
We need to know by Friday 22nd February 2019 if you would like to book a pitch.
Please Click Here to download the Application Form and Click Here for the Market Terms and Conditions. Alternatively, please telephone 01297 21388 for more details.
Grant Funding Awards
Five local organisations were awarded grants totalling almost £2,800 recently. The groups in receipt of grants are the Seaton & District Gardening Club, the Seaton Twinning Association, Parkrun, the Grizzly and Seaton Primary School PTA.
Representatives from the grant-aided groups attended an awards ceremony at Marshlands on Monday 4th February to receive cheques from the Mayor of Seaton, Councillor Ken Beer.
The Seaton & District Garden Club
Seaton Twinning Association
Seaton Primary School PTA
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.
Council Statement re Cllr Burrows
The following statement was released by the Seaton Town Council today:
On Monday evening 7th January 2019 at the Seaton Town Council meeting, Councillors were advised by Cllr Burrows that he had been involved in an altercation on Facebook which resulted in him referring to himself as Mayor and using a Twitter account named “Seaton TIC” to ask members of the public to “avoid” The Hat micropub. However, Mr Gary Millar, proprietor of The Hat, had not been involved in the altercation and was therefore an entirely innocent party.
Seaton Town Council wishes to make it clear that despite using the term “Mayor” and using what purported to be a Tourist Information Centre account, Cllr Burrows was not authorised to use his title for personal matters, nor was he authorised to represent the TIC. He was acting in a purely private capacity and the Council dissociates itself from his actions. Nevertheless, we apologise unreservedly to Mr Millar and The Hat for the impression which Cllr Burrows gave that he was acting on behalf of the Council.
On Monday Cllr Burrows tendered his resignation as Chairman and Town Mayor because he recognised that his behaviour had brought his office as Town Mayor and the Council into disrepute. The Council will now report Cllr Burrows to the Monitoring Officer for breaching our Code of Conduct. The Council will also be considering a motion at a meeting on Monday 21st January, calling for Cllr Burrows to resign as a Town and District Councillor. The Council has also asked Cllr Burrows to close the Twitter account involved and he has done this.
Seaton Town Council enthusiastically supported the opening of The Hat and recognises the distinctive contribution this attractive, well-run establishment has already made to the town's life. The Council is keen to support the town centre and The Hat is exactly the kind of new business we want to see in Seaton. Mr Millar has conducted himself with dignity throughout this affair and we deeply regret the harm Cllr Burrows attempted to cause to The Hat. We wish it and Mr Millar the very best for the future.