ONE OF Eastbourne’s oldest houses is set to be demolished to make way for a block of flats.
The Cedars in Upperton Road is the last of the Victorian style villas in the town.
As well as retaining its traditional features on the outside, it has a cellar inside, is decorated with Victorian wallpaper, has traditional fireplaces, a scullery, kitchen garden and the old coach house and stable is also original.
There is also a fully grown vine in the conservatory along the side of the house.
The house was owned in recent years by John Jackson but when he died on Christmas Eve 2010 it was passed to the John Jackson Charitable Trust, which is based in Windmill Close off Willingdon Road and gives grants to local charities and organisations.
The house is currently guarded by a security firm.
Only last year approaches were made to English Heritage to try and get the house special listed building status because of its historic features but was deemed not to be sufficiently out of the ordinary.
Now the John Jackson Charitable Trust is behind a planning application which has been submitted to Eastbourne Borough Council to demolish the existing two story building and build in its place a four storey block of 12 flats and two detached houses.
But neighbours say they are upset at the plans to demolish what they call one of the last of the great historical villas.
Alicia Clegg lives opposite The Cedars and said, “We would ask a responsible planning committee to check the historical and cultural importance of The Cedars – a unique heritage asset which has been preserved in pristine condition – prior to demolition as we bring to their attention this building is the last of the great Upperton Road villas.
“Eastbourne is a beautiful town with Victorian heritage and architecture.
“If you take away another building from that time you make Eastbourne nondescript.”
Mrs Clegg also said the proposed redevelopment plans appear to be over ambitious for the plot size and together with other neighbours are voicing their concerns in writing to the council’s planning department.