Campaigners, not convinced that the potential sale of farmland on the South Downs will benefit Eastbourne, are drumming up support in the town today (19 November).
The Keep Our Downs campaign will be at Bankers Corner in Terminus Road raising their concerns about the venture.
Earlier this week, a demonstration was held outside Town Hall in protest to the sale.
The Borough Council, which is due to meet with the group next week, has issued the following statement in response to their worries, “Any change in the freehold of the farms within the South Downs National Park will not result in a change in their use.
The farms will remain farms and the network of footpaths and bridleways will continue to provide visitors with public access across the downland. Any suggestions to the contrary are misleading and unwelcome.
As a result of the sale, some of the money generated will be spent improving the open downland, which will also remain in public ownership.
These improvements will be the only visible changes on the downland following the sale of the farms.”