No cold calling zone for Seaford

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SEAFORD residents have spoken and they want a no cold calling zone in town but agree charities should be exempt from the proposals.

Last month the Express reported how local charities were concerned about fundraising under the proposals - especially when Santa tours the town at Christmas to raise money for good causes.

The Rotary Club of Seaford, which organisers Santa’s tour, appealed for people to vote for an exemption for charities.

A staggering 815 people out of 863 voted yes to a town wide no cold calling zone, with 462 agreeing charities should be exempt and able to continue their work.

Isla Sitwell, president of the rotary club, said: “The Rotary Club of Seaford is pleased that this matter has now been resolved.”

NPS Lions Club, which is responsible for the Donkey Derby, said the derby was threatened because it relied on door to door programme sales and advertising.

Bill Yoxhall, secretary of the lions club, said: “We are heartened by the public response to the recent NCCZ poll, where a majority of respondents both supported the principle, and equally clearly voted in recognition of the need for local community charity work to continue. The club strongly supports efforts by Seaford Town Council to address doorstep crime, in concert with all partners engaged in community welfare.”

Cllr Mark Brown, chairman of Seaford and Bishopstone Neighbourhood Watch Association, said: “Seaford Town Council does not have, and as far as the council are aware, never has had a remit to install a Seaford wide NCCZ, neither have STC any plan or intention to restrict any local charity or organisation from carrying out their work in Seaford.”

Cllr Brown said the no cold calling zone initiative came from the Seaford Central ward neighbourhood police panel, with support from the Neighbourhood Watch and the police assisted with advice from Trading Standards. The request for a town wide zone resulted from consultations with residents on the neighbourhood police panels.

At the last meeting of the central ward panel, the town council offered to host a consultative ballot of residents as the council was intending to hold a ballot on the distribution of large grants to Seaford organisations, which did not take place, due to under subscription.

Cllr Brown added: “Seaford Town Council broadly supports this initiative as we believe it will significantly improve the quality of life for our residents.”