SEAFORD: Pub demolition plan sparks online petition

The Beachcomber PH at jct Marine Parade and Dane Road, Seaford. June 8th 2011 E23227M
The Beachcomber PH at jct Marine Parade and Dane Road, Seaford. June 8th 2011 E23227M
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AN ONLINE petition has been set up in a bid to overturn a decision to demolish Seaford’s last remaining seafront pub.

Lynette James was furious when she found out the Beachcomber site was going to be redeveloped and turned into care apartments.

Several planning applications proposing to build on the site had been turned down but the recent ruling approved the plans on appeal.

The proposals include 50 care apartments and a building for 10 age-restricted apartments for the frail elderly.

Mrs James said, “Quite a few people have been in touch. We’re going to write to David Cameron and send this petition if enough people are interested.

“We feel angry about what’s happened and feel we do not need more flats for the frail elderly.”

The 58-year-old, who has contacted the secretary of state for communities and local government Eric Pickles about the issue, is keen to hear from anyone else who wants to join her campaign.

The recent appeal followed two applications which were put forward by McCarthy & Stone.

The first application asked for a mixture of three, four and five storeys while the second planned a six storey building. The latter scheme was favoured by inspector Paul Jackson.

A number of previous planning applications for the site had been rejected. With the latest proposals being given the go-ahead, concerns over how healthcare services will cope have again been highlighted.

Seaford Town Councillor Samuel Adeniji believes McCarthy & Stone should put something back into the area because its proposals will be a strain on care facilities in the area. He said he did not think setting aside some affordable housing was enough contribution to the town and has queried the possibility of them helping with an A & E unit or helping the Seaford Youth Forum towards their all age-green gym in The Salts.

Wendy Slingo, regional sales and marketing director for McCarthy & Stone, previously told the Gazette that the affordable housing element at the Dane Road site met the requirements set by Lewes District Council.

The petition can be viewed at www.ipetitions.com/petitions/seaford-beachcomber

People who want to find out more about Mrs James on 894999 or email: lnkjames@gmail.com