Fears over safety are leading to the closure of Willingdon Trees level crossing.
Network Rail insist the closure will just be temporary, saying they have to put the safety of children and other pedestrians first. They intend to apply for planning permission to build a footbridge over the crossing in the near future, as well as buying the necessary land.
However, those who use the crossing on a regular basis, are questioning why the site should be shut, before the necessary permissions have been granted for any changes to be made. Many use the route to get to school and work, but it’s the fishing club that’s really upset by the move.
As fencing starts to go up, they’re concerned the only access point to their lakes is being cut off. The club helps to look after the lakes, which are often targeted by poachers and vandals and the fishermen fear without them being able to get on to the site, the area will fall back into rack and ruin.
A public meeting was held by Network Rail last night and Eastbourne Buzz was there: