Jurassic theme for new town facility
Plans for a mini adventure golf course themed around the Seaton Jurassic coastline are moving ahead.
The idea for the mini golf course came from Seaton Town Council, who along with the town’s residents, community groups and sports organisations were asked by East Devon District what sporting facilities they would like to see in the town. The funding for the new amenity comes from Section 106 money – totalling £82,000 - where developers who have built new homes in Seaton must give money to the town which can only legally be spent on sporting activities.
Following a widespread publicity campaign – with posters across the town, articles in the local media, and on social media and websites - nine eligible ideas were taken to a public vote. The wording on the voting slips made it clear that the location for the mini adventure golf project would be on the site of the current putting green in Seafield Gardens.
Seaton Town Council decided it should be located at Seafield Gardens on the site of the current putting green, the larger area of the course near the sea and planning permission was not required.
The proposed site is more visible to visitors and residents encouraging more people to the attraction, it’s a safer site too as it is not near busy roads. It’s also in keeping with the leisure activities such as the tennis courts play area and outdoor gym that are already on the site.
The mini adventure golf project, which will cost £74,000, was the most popular with residents who voted and there was a good mix of age ranges of people who were polled.
Cllr Iain Chubb, East Devon District Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:
We have been working very hard on this proposal with the community and Seaton Town Council. Nine ideas were put forward and residents were given the opportunity to have their say through a democratic vote and the exciting plans are now moving forward. As a council, we choose to involve the community in spending the money that comes from developers whereas the vast majority of other local authorities do not.
The mini adventure golf area will have a Jurassic theme to make the most of Seaton’s link to the Jurassic Coast and LED Leisure, who will run the facility, are working with the Town Council and others on the design which will be natural looking landscapes and include features such as stone dinosaur eggs. Further queries about the design should be sent to Marcus Allen at LED Leisure who is leading on the project.