Residents raise concerns over drilling rig

Colin Belsey with the drilling rig on Franfield way SUS-151208-115548001
Colin Belsey with the drilling rig on Franfield way SUS-151208-115548001

Residents of Ratton have raised concerns over the purpose of drilling machinery spotted on Framfield Way last weekend.

The work was a part of routine survey of the land by Eastbourne Borough Council.

But confusion over the purpose of the work has left several Ratton residents wondering what comes next for the piece of land.

Colin Belsey, chairman of East Sussex County Council and Conservative councillor for Ratton, said, “I am getting phone calls and emails from residents who are asking why the drilling rig was there.

“I went down and spoke to the operatives who explained they were taking cores to see what the area was like. We have heard that this area has been designated for housing, but, cannot find much out from the Town Hall.”

Cllr Belsey and other Ratton councillors are now asking what the Borough council intends to do with the land.

Cllr Belsey said, “I know that we need social housing for our town, but are the council looking to sell off the land or are they intending to build some housing to let out themselves?”

A spokesman for the borough council said, “Earlier this week we drilled boreholes on a piece of land in Framfield Way to establish its underground condition.

“This is part of routine survey work we are undertaking of Council-owned land across the town.”

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