Conservatives in Eastbourne are firmly nailing their colours to the mast as they call for sale of the freehold of the Downland farms to be stopped.
The group is now withdrawing all support for the proposal, after their called for a full consultation and referendum into the matter were rejected by the Liberal Democrat administration last week.
Leader of the Conservative Group, Councillor Tony Freebody said, "The Lib Dem administration have failed to listen to the people of Eastbourne. Instead they have put out a 'one-sided' Review newspaper that has not yet been delivered to every household within our town. Our group first raised concerns about the protection of the Downland and the protection for farmers when the council first proposed the sale, but these concerns have continued to fall on deaf ears; despite the very vocal calls from campaign groups. They have not allowed campaigners to have their say in a fair manner; refusing our calls for 50/50 coverage in the Review alongside opponents to the sale, and they have ignored our calls for a consultation and referendum on the matter. Because of this our group opposes the sale and calls for the council to think again."