Work underway at Caffyns site

The former Caffyns motor vehicle showroom and workshops
The former Caffyns motor vehicle showroom and workshops

DISUSED petrol tanks are being removed from the Caffyns site in Eastbourne.

Workmen have been removing the tanks for the past fortnight sparking rumours the site in Upperton Road, pictured right, has been sold and is being redeveloped.

But Simon Caffyn, the chief executive of Caffyns PLC, said this week the former dealership was still being marketed for sale or rent by agents CB Richard Ellis.

The property is described as a recently closed car dealership with a showroom, workshop and office accommodation.

Included in the freehold, to the rear of the site, is Southfields Court, a 1960s five-storey residential block with 24 apartments over four floors above ground floor garages.

Mr Caffyn said, “Our former dealership in Upperton Road, Eastbourne, is being marketed for sale and our agents continue to receive offers. We will consider all offers in due course.

“Currently, work is ongoing at the site including the removal of disused petrol tanks and a number of contractors remain on the premises. We are working hard to minimise disruption to local residents.”

Eastbourne Borough Council said the site is a key development one and would like to see mixed use there.

Planning chief Jeff Collard said, “It’s a very important gateway position in the town centre that could accommodate a mix of uses including retail, office and residential.”