Council quashes shop rumour
17:00 03 May 2014
A concerned resident has asked if there was any truth in rumours that plans have been submitted for an ‘eyesore’ Sidmouth shop in the town centre.
Peter Whitfield wanted clarity on former stationery store SES, in High Street, but civic leaders said the conjecture was ‘just talk’.
They said they were not aware of any new plans, but that the owner cannot be made to do any more to improve than he is.
Speaking at the annual town assembly on Monday, council chairman John Hollick said: “It’s sad because it’s an eyesore – we have watched it deteriorate year after year.
“It’s something Sidmouth Town Council has worked desperately hard to force the owner to take action over, but he is the owner of the property.”
Town clerk Christopher Holland added: “The owner only has to make it safe, that’s all he is legally required to do.
“There was talk of a new owner but it seems that was just talk.”