All change for Five Acre entertainment plan

THE CONTROVERSIAL application to use Five Acre Field for activities has been changed.

The council is now seeking a ‘one-off’ consent under the Licensing Act 2003 so the field can hold a visiting circus from August 2-7.

Local residents had been concerned that any licence permission would open the floodgates for the field to be used for other events.

But the council has now amended its licensing application to make clear it is only for a one-off use of the land to accommodate the Moscow State Circus.

The application will be considered at a Licensing Sub Committee on June 28 at 6pm, to be held at the Assembly Hall at Eastbourne Town Hall.

Cllr Neil Stanley, portfolio holder for tourism, said, “We are very excited about what is shaping up to be an amazing summer line-up of entertainment in Eastbourne.

“Due to the busy schedule, we need to seek an alternative location for the circus for this year only, and so we have applied for permission to use Five Acre Field.

“In addition, to address concerns about car parking on surrounding roads, parking will be allowed on the field for circus visitors.

“However, the application has been changed to a one off use to show local residents that we do not intend to use Five Acre Field as a permanent venue.”