Polegate’s MP wants people outside of Eastbourne to be involved in any referendum into the future of downland farms.
Maria Caulfield believes those in Polegate and Seaford, as well as other surrounding villages, should get a say as to whether Eastbourne Borough Council should be allowed to sell the freehold to the farms in question.
Ms Caulfield said, “I am concerned by the proposals that Eastbourne Borough Council are putting forward, and the method in which they have done so. Requesting the views of residents in Eastbourne only through a piece in their Council newspaper is far from what is expected.
“My constituents in Polegate, Seaford and the surrounding villages are affected by what happens to the Eastbourne Downland, and therefore, should absolutely be given a say on any plans that the Lib Dems at Eastbourne Borough Council are putting forward. This includes by way of a referendum, should one be held on this matter.
“I am particularly concerned by the motives of Eastbourne Borough Council as to why they would propose selling these freeholds. I am passionate about protecting our green spaces, and should this move lead to development on the current downlands, then this would have a hugely adverse effect both on the local environment, and on my constituents in Polegate, Seaford and nearby villages.”
A motion calling for a referendum into the sale of the freehold is due to be debated by Eastbourne Borough Council at their full council meeting tomorrow night (22 February), with polls responses – the options laid out in the Eastbourne Review – due back at Town Hall by Friday 3 March.