PROMISES for a brighter future for Eastbourne rang through the Town Hall as Lib Dems vowed sweeping policy changes.

The Liberal Democrats, elated by their victory, vowed to return Eastbourne to its 'former glory of days past' by giving services back to the people.

Council Leader, Beryl Healy (Lib Dem), said, 'It is a truly fantastic night for us.

'It's a fresh start for Eastbourne. When we were campaigning we saw abandoned cars on almost every road and alleys full of litter. We have a lot to do here.'

Cllr Healy and her party are set to focus on anti-social behaviour, waste and environmental issues.

In what can only be described as a sweeping landslide victory, more than a quarter of elected councillors were first timers for the Lib Dems.

More than a third of the overall total number elected were new councillors.

For the Langney ward, Lib Dem councillors Irene Sims, Chris Berry and Robert Slater are all new.

Cllr Irene Sims (Lib Dem), a school governor at West Rise Infant School, could not believe what was happening. She said, 'Now that I'm in, I will endeavour to do my very best for the people of Shinewater, focusing on vandalism and facilities for young children in the area.'

The councillor battled off Tory opposition, which included Alexander Richards, a caretaker at the same school.

Cllr Olive Woodall (Lib Dem) from the Hampden Park ward is likely to be Mayor.