Seaton mayor's Ottery store warning
THE MAYOR of Seaton has warned her Ottery St Mary counterparts to seek the views of every household over the town s pending supermarket battle, or face being ignored by planning chiefs.
THE MAYOR of Seaton has warned her Ottery St Mary counterparts to "seek the views of every household" over the town's pending supermarket battle, or face being "ignored" by planning chiefs.
Sandra Semple this week saw East Devon District Council (EDDC) controversially give Tesco the go-ahead to build a new store in Seaton, turning down a bid from Sainsbury's in the process.
Both supermarket giants have been poised to hand in planning applications for Ottery stores since the beginning of the year.
Mrs Semple feels this week's drama could have ramifications for the town.
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"I think it will have a big bearing on Ottery," she said, claiming EDDC had "ignored" what was "right for the people" Seaton.
She added: "Ottery should be very careful to ensure that EDDC know exactly what their views are, my advice to the mayor would be to consult every home in the town, asking them for their preference."
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"As a town council we gauged public opinion the best we could but weren't listened to."
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