Parkfield plan turned down

A plan to turn the Parkfield Pub in Hampden Park into a shop has been turned down by Eastbourne Borough Council.

Councillors gave a red light to extensions and improvements to make the pub a shop because they said they felt the Parkfield was a community facility and that it was important to retain places where locals can congregate.

Members of the public spoke against the plans at the meeting and said the Parkfield was the last pub in the area and should not be lost to make way for a shop.

However, the planning committee did grant a certificate for change of use from a pub to a shop at the same meeting. They agreed the certificate because a law passed in 2005 made it almost impossible for them to turn it down.

Read the full story in this Friday’s Herald.