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Town Council agrees seafront public facilities need rebuilding

Submitted on 21 October 2016 by Council Officers

Following a meeting of the Full Council on 20th October, the Council is pleased to announce that it will look to raise the necessary funds to rebuild the seafront toilets by the Martello Tower.

The condition of the toilets has declined over recent years and is certainly not of a satisfactory standard for users of the beach. At an estimated cost of around £140,000, the Council has had to look at ways to generate income to meet this expenditure that does not mean an increase in council tax to local residents. Much discussion and research has taken place over recent weeks and at the meeting itself, and the Council has agreed to offer for sale three surplus plots of land. Details of the exact sites can be found on pages 70 to 74 of the agenda for this Council meeting, which can be downloaded from the Minutes & Agendas page of the Council’s website www.seafordtowncouncil.gov.uk .

Council Officers will work on securing outline planning permission for housing on the said plots, which if secured, is expected to raise a sale income of in excess of £400,000. The Council’s General Reserves currently sit at a lower than hoped level and this income will not only cover the cost of the rebuild of the toilets but also allow some replenishment of the Council’s Reserves. These Reserves in turn will be available for the Council to consider assigning some additional strategic capital projects.

A detailed report will be brought back to Full Council of the design proposal. It is planned to look at creating a multi-purpose facility that will incorporate toilets, shower cubicles, vital storage areas and two separate kiosks. The building would be sympathetic to its environment and will finally offer an attractive facility for the public to use. Updates on the progress of the sale of lands and design process will be shared as and when available but will be sold through sealed tenders. 

In addition to the above, the Council discussed other items of business. This included a 30 year extension to the lease of the clubhouse to the Crouch Bowling Club, meaning the Club can now apply for Lottery Funding with an aim to extend the building and offer more facilities. Sussex Wildlife Trust will be entering in to a 25 year management lease for Seaford Head Local Nature Reserve; the Trust have managed the site for three years now and with this extended lease will be able to invest further in the site and build on the improvements and management works they have already implemented.

The Young Mayor, Jessica Batchelor, was pleased to update that she, with the support of Tom Exley Deputy Young Mayor, has raised over £2,400.00 towards her Defibrillator Project. Many organisations and voluntary groups have kindly donated towards the project already. The monies raised during her term as Young Mayor will go towards funding public access defibrillators to be installed in strategic locations around town. Having access to a defibrillator quickly in the event of a cardiac arrest can be the difference between life and death; this project is truly admirable. Anyone wishing to support the Young Mayor or make a donation should make contact with the Town Council.

The Council discussed the situation of motor homes parking on the Esplanade; something that has been a talk of the town over the summer. A meeting is being arranged by East Sussex County Council with the Town and District Councils to discuss current and future parking arrangements on the seafront. Council Officers will relay comments received from Town Councillors and residents to this meeting.

A Working Group is being set up to look at Town Council owned sites that meet the criteria to be considered as part of the Neighbourhood Plan process. The Group will look to devise a scoring matrix for each of the five sites identified, which can then be fed in to the Neighbourhood Plan process. Using this method enables the Council to put forward its comments on sites from the offset. The Neighbourhood Plan Group would be obligated to look at the suitability of said sites, which it will now be able to do with the findings of the Council to consider and refer to. The five sites in question are set out in the agenda paperwork for the Council meeting, pages 97 to 101.

Updates on the progress of the Neighbourhood Plan can be found on the Group’s website at www.seafordnp.uk .

 The full minutes of the meeting can be found on the Council’s website imminently. The video recording is also viewable on the Council’s YouTube channel.

A further Council meeting is being held on Thursday 10th November at 7pm to welcome on board the five new councillors following the elections that are due to take place on Thursday 27th October.

Anyone wanting to stay up to date with the Council’s activities can visit either the website or Facebook, both of which are regularly updated, and sign up to receive email updates by contacting the Council on admin@seafordtowncouncil.gov.uk .

The Council wishes to thank those members of public that attended the meeting and participated in items of such a crucial nature to sustaining and improving the town.

 

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