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SEATON: Offer in on Woolworths

Thursday, 21 August 2014

DIRT?BUSTERS: Councillor Sharon Bruce (left), John and Rita Buckeley and volunteers tackle the front of Woolworths in Seaton.

DIRT?BUSTERS: Councillor Sharon Bruce (left), John and Rita Buckeley and volunteers tackle the front of Woolworths in Seaton.

THE?voluntary effort to smarten up one of Seaton’s town centre eyesores has already encouraged future use of the former Woolworths building in Marine Place. Town councillor Sharon Bruce, one of the driving forces behind moves to smarten up the town centre, has paid tribute to the residents who turned out to give the frontage of Woolworths a makeover. And she has revealed that local estate agents Richardson Gill, who are actively marketing the site, have already had viewings at the three-storey building and one offer which has been referred to the London agents. In a statement to Pulman’s View From, Councillor Bruce said: “Firstly, my thanks to John and Rita Buckley, two of our local heroes who have emailed and communicated constantly with business owners in Seaton to encourage them to improve their shop frontages. “Many of the prominent buildings have been cared for in the past few years because of their dogged persistence and care. We enjoyed Wednesday together scraping and cleaning and painting and good friendships. “My thanks also go to EDDC for their generous and prompt help and support with power-washing the building and providing us with hi-vis jackets and safety cones and tape. Appreciated “We very much appreciated this support and whilst we have one or two other Seaton projects in mind, we promise not to ask you to clean up all the shop fronts. “Indeed, it is not necessary, as for those who walk around Seaton regularly, will notice more than 50 per cent of businesses regularly caring for their own shop fronts. “My thanks also to the team of residents who came along on Wednesday to help and for countless others who donated cash, bought coffees and gave encouragement and thanks. “My thanks to Councillor Peter Burrows for his help with cleaning and painting, and bringing down fantastic information boards from the TIC to display. They look superb. “My thanks to Chris, Marie and Craig as I have been in and out of the office several times this week for equipment and keys and . . . you are brilliant. “Thank you also to all who have and are helping with displays for the windows. “People are constantly looking at the information boards which will create increased footfall for events and activities being hosted by the community groups in the town. “Special thanks go to local agents, Richardson Gill, who have been pro-active in grabbing this opportunity and running with it. They are actively marketing the site and have had viewings and an offer already, which has been referred to the London agent. “In case I have forgotten anyone, as it has been a huge project, thank you everyone. “This project is one of the most important for this town. Our work to help improve things for the short term, will create unlimited possibilities for the long-term. “Seaton is a stunning seaside town. As residents and business owners and councillors for Seaton, district and county, it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to give our energies and commitment; to be proud and protect all that we have and provide opportunities for all for the future.”


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