Government minister in Eastbourne today

Rory Stewart and Caroline Ansell at Birling Gap SUS-160519-120345001

Rory Stewart and Caroline Ansell at Birling Gap SUS-160519-120345001

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A government minister is visiting Eastbourne today (Thursday) as the town’s MP presses for it to become the eastern Gateway Town to the South Downs National Park.

Caroline Ansell has discussed the project with Rory Stewart, parliamentary under-secretary in the Department of the Environment, during his visit to Eastbourne this 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 it makes out of its location, and believes a similar promotion will work well here.

“My Gateway idea has been considered in Eastbourne for some time and I think the borough council now has to really look at getting this branding ready to use,” said Mrs Ansell.

“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 former local councillor, Mrs Ansell 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.

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