A desperate appeal to help Seaton Carnival Committee find a new home for the queen’s float has succeeded – just days before their current home is to be demolished. The future of Seaton’s carnival queen had been placed in jeopardy as the committee had to vacate their site at the former Colyford Road depot in May when demolition and redevelopment work by East Devon District Council was due to get underway.
An East Devon District Council spokesman confirmed on Wednesday that work will begin this month on demolishing the existing buildings at the former Colyford Road depot and clearing the site to make way for the development of 14 workshop units in the Autumn, while works will also start this month to prepare the site at Fosseway Park for construction works on workshop units to start later this year.
But with just days to spare, June Millman, chairman of the carnival committee, has confirmed that a new site to store the float has been found which will enable them to take park in the Seaton Carnival procession on September 2, as well as in other processions around the region.
June said: “We have a new home at last as Tim Salter at the Manor Farm Camp Site has given us a plot to store the float, although it is outside. This means that it will be all hands on deck when the rain stops to hopefully build something ready for Seaton Carnival on September 2.
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A spokesman for East Devon District Council said that the revelopment of the Colyford Road depot showed that positive steps are being taken by the council to increase the amount of workspace for Seaton at two key employment sites and that the new units will help encourage business growth and create jobs in the town and will support small and start-up businesses in the area.
Mark Williams, Chief Executive of East Devon District Council, added: “The council has previously invested in projects such as these – for example at Riverside Way in Seaton – and they have proved to be very successful, particularly with small enterprises.
“One of our roles as a council is to ensure that such units are available to create jobs and we hope the Colyford Road development will be completed by October 2018 and Fossway Park by Spring 2019.”