Eastbourne Downlands To Be Discussed By MP, Council & Campaigners

Thursday 12th January 2017

eastbourne buzz news - South Downs

Eastbourne MP, Caroline Ansell is to meet with the leader of the Borough Council and campaigners to discuss the future of farms on Eastbourne Downland.

The Keep Our Downs Public campaign is concerned the sale of farms would be detrimental to the town and the Downs, believing Town Hall has no right to sell them, as they belong to the people. The Borough Council say the sale would help to fund other capital projects around Eastbourne.

Commenting, Caroline said, "I met with members of the Keep Our Downs Public campaign this week to discuss their concerns over the planned sale of these assets and it’s clear there is mounting pressure for the council to ask residents what they think about the idea.

“I have previously called for a consultation on the proposals and I very much hope the council will consider this is now the best way forward.

“The council leader David Tutt has agreed to meet with myself and the campaigners towards the end of this month and I welcome this move.

“As I have already stated, I do not criticise EBC for looking at the sale of the farms because it wants to raise funds, but it must have the support of local people because this is an irreversible decision.

“There are concerns over future protections of the land and planning issues, and many people still need to be satisfied this is a good idea.”

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