Seaton Development Trust
30th June 2011 from 7 p.m.
United Reformed Church Hall, Cross Street, Seaton
Unapproved Minutes of the13th General Meeting
The Meeting commenced at 7.12 p.m., when the Chair welcomed 7 members in addition to 6 Committee
members and one member of the public.
1, Apologies had been received from Bernard Dunford, Carolyn Dunn, Teresa Ferrar, Sarah Fowles, Paul
and Christine Grint, James Hiney, Ann Kelf, Elaine and Gordon Langford, David Morgan, David Moseley
and James Semple. Proxy instruments were lodged with the Chair.
2. Minutes of the 12th General Meeting were approved (proposed Barbara Dearden-Potter, seconded
3. Matters arising from the Minutes. None had been notified.
4. Report from the Chair.
Hugh Barlow apologised for the late notice of the General Meeting, attributing this to the urgency of the
Committee’s activities in representing the interests of the Town over the threatened closure of the
On other matters, the Committee had worked very hard, with very little to show for it. The TescoWatch
sub=group of the Trust had been keeping an eye on the progress of the Tesco superstore project.
Contractors and Agencies such as the Environment Agency had responded to concerns raised by
members and by local residents; but there had been less co-operation from District Council officers.
On a positive note, progress had been made on two small projects which might be called Signs of Seaton:
interpretation boards for the Beach Searchlight Housing, and for the Honeyditches Roman site - the latter
having been the final project of the late Teddy Williames. The Trust also looked forward to working with the
newly appointed Town Centre Manager.
The Chair thanked committee members, notably James Semple who had handed over the Chair in the
course of the year, Anita Cotterall, resigning as Secretary and Bob Spalding, resigning as Treasurer, as
well as those committee members not seeking re-election.
In response to a question from the floor, regarding the future of St. Clare's, he said that a St. Clare's Sub
Group was being formed, convened by Sophie O'Connell.
Annual accounts for 2010 were in the hands of members at the Meeting, and had been independently
5. Voting on Resolutions
The first resolution, accepting the short notice of the meeting, was carried nem con on a show of hands.
The second resolution approved a change to article 55, reducing the required quorum for committee
meetings from six to four. The third resolution approved a change to article 62, allowing resolutions of
committee between meetings to be distributed and approved using any method including email and text
message – the latter having been proposed from the floor. Both the second and the third resolutions were
carried by twelve votes to none, by paper ballot.
6. Election of Management Committee
This was also completed by paper ballot, by the same majority of twelve to none.
Outgoing members who did not seek re-election were Anita Cotterall, Bob Spalding and Bryan Neath.
Re-elected was Ruta Kreivyte. Co-opted during the year were Emily McIvor, Sophie O'Connell and Gary
Hayward, and their membership was confirmed.
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Over refreshments, a raffle took place, raising £15.
Councillor Roger Giles spoke on the Local Development Framework, mentioning the unsatisfactory
nature of the first draft, the public consultation and protests, and the panel of six councillors, including
Claire Wright, who were about to begin work revising it. A preliminary victory for the objectors was that the
panel's meetings were now open to the public, and the support of members of the public at these meetings
Councillor Claire Wright then spoke on Sustainable Development in East Devon. She began by
discussing the Localism Bill, which appeared to have been watered down by the influence of developers in
the course of its progress into legislation. Particularly disturbing was the proposed removal of many
planning restrictions, leaving a presumption in favour of development.
The countryside, apart from its value for the wellbeing of its residents, was of economic value in itself, in
revenue from tourism. Jobs in the countryside did not mean factories there. Agriculture was generally in
decline, but diversification including tourism could keep the countryside for future generations.
Interest in the presentations was reflected in the many questions and comments which followed.
The meeting was closed at 9 p.m. with generous and spontaneous applause from the audience, and warm
thanks to the speakers from the Chair.
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