Herald comment: Hi-tech business park offers recipe for success

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Eastbourne has a remarkable knack of getting beneath the skin of its young people.

We may still suffer national notoriety as a destination - holiday or otherwise - for the elderly, but anyone who has lived here knows that is an unfair image.

The pull of the sea, the quality of life, the ambience of our town - whatever it is, many youngsters reared locally choose to spend their lives here, many even returning after university.

But in terms of well-paid jobs and career prospects, there is little to meet their ambitions.

Which is why the approval of a high-tech business park for Sovereign harbour is such incredibly good news.

It has taken years of lobbying to secure the £6 million funding which was this week pledged by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership for two parcels of land off Pevensey Bay Road. The plan is for a hi-tech business park with the prospect of 300 jobs within fledgling companies that will create a new dimension to Eastbourne’s economy.

Council leader David Tutt describes the release of funding as a game changer, and he is right.Good tranpsort links - which we can’t offer - are not always so critical to some high-tech businesses. Give them instead the right premises in a good location at attractive prices, and then throw in a pool of well-educated, highly motived young people.

Eastbourne has the hunger - and will soon have the recipe.