West Seaton residents will have to vote in Beer, despite promises there would be a polling station in Seaton.
People in the western side of Seaton who have been shunted – against the protests of the Town Council and the West Seaton and Seaton Hole Association – into the Beer and Branscombe district ward, will have to travel to the Mariners’ Hall in Beer to vote on May 2nd. Despite Cllr Marcus Hartnell assuring the Town Council that there would be a polling station in west Seaton (in what is now the ‘Beer Road Ward’ for the Town Council election), Seaton voters are more or less being forced to drive to Beer, unless they fancy a vigorous up-and-down hill walk via the Coastal Path or the rather dangerous main road. This is adding insult to injury. The district ward is still called Beer and Branscombe, although there are far more Seaton than Branscombe voters in the revised ward.