Seaton Town Council is looking for someone to become our part-time caretaker. The role will be to open up and lock up for evening and weekend events being held at the Marshlands Centre. The work would be on an adhoc basis with a monthly retainer fee being paid.
For more information please contact the Town Clerk on email@example.com or 01297 21388 or pop into Marshlands Monday to Thursday between 9am and 2pm.
Seaton Town Council Budget for 2018-19
At a meeting of Seaton Town Council on 15 January the budget for the next financial year 2018/19 was agreed together with the Council Tax precept required from the beginning of April.
The percentage increase in the precept for the Seaton Town Council budget will be 0.58%, considerably lower than the current rate of inflation. For the average Band D payer this will mean an annual bill of £99.66 compared to £99.09 last year. This small increase of 57p for a whole year, equivalent to just over 1p per week, has been achieved without any cuts to current services or support provided by the Town Council. On the advice of our auditor we have increased the amount kept in reserves by £10,000 and Councillors also agreed to increase the amount of grant funding available to apply for in 2018/19 back to a total of £8000.
Any questions regarding this release should be directed to Amy Tregellas, Town Clerk, Seaton Town Council on 01297 21388 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Support for Devon Air Ambulance Night Landings in Seaton
Seaton Town Council in association with Seaton Cricket Club have submitted a planning application to East Devon District Council for an emergency night time landing light at the Cricket Club.
The light will enable the Air Ambulance to fly after nightfall until 2am with the hope in the future to offer a 24-hour service.
Councillor Martin Pigott was contacted by two local residents to ask if the Town Council could get involved. The Town Council agreed and pledged £1,000 to start the fund rolling.
One of the residents who contacted Cllr Pigott, Mrs Amy Catley, was entered for the Grizzly Cub Run 2017 and as her father owes is life to the speed of the Air Ambulance, Amy was keen to raise money so set about this with a group of her running friends, Emma Grigg, Hayley Eate, Lauren Kerr and Suzy Eul-Brown to get sponsorship and managed to raise a fantastic sum of £2,696.07.
This included a donation of over £500.00 from Guy Sweetman of East Devon Sports Therapy. Other donations have been made by Seaton Probus Club, £120.00 and the Seaton Development Trust, £653.75.
The Town Council was given £200.00 from the Axe Valley Runners for the use of the Marshlands Centre during the Grizzly Run so this money was also put towards the lighting fund. The Freemasons of De La Pole Masonic Lodge in Seaton have pledged £1000.00.
Councillor Pigott said "It is amazing how generous the people of Seaton have been. Without advertising we have been able to raise more than enough money for the emergency landing lights. I would like to thank all the groups who have donated money and especially Mrs Catley for all her efforts. I would also like to thank Seaton Cricket Club and especially the Chairman, Chris Gamwell for all their help and support.
If any residents of Court lane, Meadow Road, Mead Way, Valley View, Colyford Road or Summersby Close have any concerns over the lighting please email me at email@example.com. Hopefully the lighting will not have to be used that often but it is great to know the lights are there if needed."
Optimism over Jurassic Mule's Future
Seaton Town Council Mayor, Councillor Jack Rowland, has had a number of meetings with Derek Gawn, the owner of Jurassic Mule to try to find a way forward so that the service can continue in 2018 and beyond. The Town Council recognises the importance of increasing the amount of visitors to the town and believes that the Jurassic Mule Plays a key role in this.
Councillor Rowland said "I am pleased with the way that these meetings have gone and am optimistic that the Jurassic Mule service will continue in 2018. The Council is lobbying East Devon District Council and Devon District Council to get the improved road layout in the Underfleet so that buses have a place to pull in off the road to prevent traffic congestion. We have also signposted Mr Gawn to Sources of funding so that he can update his vehicles.
Derek Gawn said "I am current working on the possibility of providing some form of Jurassic Mule service for 2018 and am working with both Lyme Regis and Seaton Town Councils. I am also investigating updating my vehicles so that the emissions are reduced. In order to do tihs I am seeking funding. In the meantime I would like to thank all our friends in the twon for their overwhelming support through this difficult period". Mr Gawn did, however stress the need to source a local Operations Manager for the service to be able to continue, due to his own retirement from the day to day running of his business.
As well as meeting with Derek Gawn, Councillor Rowland has also met with Ian Beaven and Pat Lowther from Haven Court to discuss the situation and a way forward with them.
Ian Beaven, Haven Court Manager, said "We feel that the residents of Haven Court have been unfairly maligned in the press when we are fully supportive of tourism and the Jurassic Mule. No one here wants to see the Jurassic Mule cease tradingg; our residents just have concerns over the emissions from buses generally. It's good news that Mr Gawn is planning to update his vehicles and we lok forward to seeing the Jurassic Mule continue in the future."
Pat Lowther, a resident at Haven Court said "I have used the Jurassic Mule myself and really enjoyed the experience. I think it's a great way of bringing tourists into the town an I'm fully supportive the service continuing and I am glad that Mr Gawn is looking to purchase some more emission friendly vehicles."
The discussion between the Town Council and Mr Gawn will continue and further updates will be provided as and when appropriate.
Mobile Breast Screening Unit - Removal from Seaton
The Town Council has been made aware of two complaints from residents to the mobile breast screening unit in Tesco Car Park.
Councillor Jack Rowland, Mayor, has been in touch with the Breast Screening Service Manager in Exeter to find out the facts of this issue. We understand that there had been one complaint from a resident who lives in the new houses close to the first site that the unit was in at the Tesco Car Park. The unit obviously has a generator to carry out the screening that sometimes kicks in over-night as the temperature has to be maintained inside the unit due to the nature of the equipment. In view of this one complaint they agreed to move the unit to its current location in the Tesco Car Park but have now received a complaint from another resident.
Councillor Rowland has told the Manager that the Council is fully supportive of the breast screening unit visiting Seaton - the last day is Friday 8th December so the unit will be moved that weekend and is not due to revisit for 3 years anyway, to be on site for a period of 8 to 10 weeks dependent on the number of women who fall into the screening profile. Over 2,000 females will have been screened by 8th December so the benefits need to be weighted against the number of complaints received.
Councillor Rowland reinforced the view that the Council wants to see the unit return to Seaton in 2020 and suggested the Underfleet Car Park as a possibility, especially as we understand that East Devon District Council (EDDC) gives permission for the unit to use EDDC Car Parks in places such as Sidmouth and Exmouth.
Celebrating those who reach 100 years of age
Do you know of any Seaton residents who will be reaching their 100th birthday soon? If so, Seaton Town Council would like you to let us know so that the Council can acknowledge their achievement. All we need is the full name and address of the resident concerned so that we can ensure they receive congratulations. It would also be helpful if you could let us have your name and contact details in case of any queries. Please email the information required to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any queries please telephone (01297) 21388 or call in. The Council offices are open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 2pm. We look forward to hearing from you.
Recycling surplus NHS equipment
Lots of people need aids and adaptations to help them maintain their independence. The NHS distributes millions of pounds worth of equipment each year in this respect, much of which is left in people's homes even after it is no longer needed.
Seaton Town Council is working in partnership with Millbrook Healthcare, an organisation which will collect and recycle the surplus NHS equipment through its 'Return It' campaign'. Millbrook Healthcare can then re-distribute the equipment to others who may need it.
If you have been issued with NHS equipment in the past which you no longer need and can arrange to have it delivered to the Council's Offices in Marshlands, Harbour Road, the Council will then contact Millbrook Healthcare who will collect the equipment from time to time for recycling.
For further information please telephone (01297) 21388 or email email@example.com.
The Council's Annual Return has now been audited and is available for viewing.
Audited Annual Return
External Auditors Report
Notice of Conclusion of Audit
For more information please contact the Council on 01297 21388 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Seaton in Bloom Competition Winners receive their commendations
Seaton Town Council welcomed this year's Seaton in Bloom winners to Marshlands on Friday 8th September for a reception and to receive their commendations in the form of certificates and cups. A great time was had by all. Our Mayor, Councillor Jack Rowland officiated with Councillors Peter Burrows, Martin Pigott and Heather Sanham supporting the event. You can see a list of the winners and categories for the competition below along with photographs of the presentations on the evening. Well done to everyone who took part and our thanks for helping to make this year's competition a real winner.
Categories and Winners
Best Large Front Garden
First Place - Mr J Anning
Pictured: Mr J Anning
Second Place - Mr Chris Hill
No photo available as unfortunately Mr Hill could not attend the prize giving.
Best Medium Front Garden
First Place - Mr & Mrs Munro
Pictured: Mr Munro
Second Place - Mrs Marie-Ann Talbot
Pictured: Mrs M Talbot
Third Place - Mrs Margaret Young
Pictured: Mrs M Young
Best Small Front Garden
First Place - Mr & Mrs Spiller
No photo available as unfortunately Mr & Mrs Spiller could not attend the prize giving.
Best Communal Area
First Place - Jubilee Lodge and Jubilee Mews
Pictured: Mrs Trapani
Second Place - Haven Court
Pictured: Mr Hunt
First Place and Second Place - Mr Malcolm Hammett
Pictured: Mr Hammett
Third Place - Kay Clive-Francis