Eastbourne and Willingdon MP Caroline Ansell is urging Eastbourne to become the eastern Gateway Town to the South Downs National Park.
She has discussed the project with Rory Stewart, Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the Department of the Environment, during his visit to Eastbourne on Thursday morning.
The minister was visiting the area around Beachy Head for a coastal walk with members of Natural England staff, and took the opportunity to discuss Caroline’s Gateway plans as well as the recent World Health Organisation (WHO) report that criticised Eastbourne.
This follows a successful promotion at the Western end of the National Park in Winchester, where during a recent visit Caroline saw the great success they make out of their location, and believes a similar promotion will work well here.
“My Gateway idea has been considered in Eastbourne for some time and I think that the borough council now has to really look at getting this branding ready to use,” said Caroline.
“It’s my view that becoming a Gateway Town will enhance Eastbourne’s identity and drive tourism, retail and many other businesses and that is good news for employment and the standing of Eastbourne.”
As a local councillor Caroline secured agreement from Eastbourne Borough Council to buy into the Gateway scheme, and become known as the main starting point for tourists and residents alike to discover the South Downs National Park.