Eastbourne Borough Council is to make a submission for the town to become the South Downs National Park’s principal ‘Gateway’ to the east.
Cllr Caroline Ansell submitted the motion at the meeting of the full council on Wednesday evening (May 7) and it gained unanimous support from other councillors.
The South Downs National Park stretches more than 100 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne and many towns claim to be the ‘gateway’ to the National Park.
However, already with Beachy Head and Seven Sisters Country Park on its radar, Eastbourne is appealing to be the official eastern ‘gateway’ to the South Downs, which would allow signs announcing the border of the national park to be erected in the town. It would also give Eastbourne the opportunity to boost its tourism, transport links and employment on the back of official ‘gateway’ town status.
While the submissions were due to be in by the beginning of May, the South Downs National Park Authority has agreed to accept a late submission from Eastbourne Borough Council.
Councillors all voted in favour of the motion, including Cllr Gill Mattock, who becomes the council’s representative at the authority following Janet Coles’ election as the new Mayor of Eastbourne.