Questions Over Eastbourne's Downland Farms Sale Answered

Thursday 29th December 2016

eastbourne buzz news - South Downs

After weeks of submitting questions about the future of Eastbourne Downland, answers have finally been given.

Campaigners, trying to stop the sale of the farms on the land, have been awaiting the Borough Council’s response to issues such as ‘why are the Downland farms being sold?’ and ‘what protection will there be for the Downland?’

The Borough Council has now responded to these on their website, with a total of 26 questions answered. You can see all the answers here.

However, at a public meeting last month, the authority was accused of acting in a secretive manner and Councillor David Tutt personally promised to make sure the information would be passed to the press, to help make sure the public was informed, as well as publishing their responses online. Eastbourne Buzz can report that this did not happen, with no attempt made by Eastbourne Borough Council to inform us that their responses are live on their website.

Councillor Tutt has told Eastbourne Buzz, “I had asked the officers to get the first cut of Q&As up before Christmas, so it is probably my fault (that the press was not informed). As yet we have not identified anything that poses a threat to the future of the farms but we continue to research the questions posed.”

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