Green light for temporary cafe

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THIS is one of the first artist’s impressions of a new eatery at the Wish Tower.

Town planners have the green light for the temporary cafe which will have indoor and outdoor seating for up to 60.

It replaces the much-maligned Wish Tower Restaurant, which has now been demolished along with the popular sun lounge.

The cafe is expected to stay in place for around two years while Eastbourne Borough Council tries to find a third party to come forward with plans to revamp the site and build an iconic landmark.

The cafe will sell hot drinks, sandwiches and cold snacks and have views out across the Western Lawns to Beachy Head.

The design of the new cafe is a marked improvement on previous plans put forward by the council which were pod-style structures and likened to the homes of TV favourites Teletubbies.

At a meeting of Eastbourne Borough Council’s planning committee on Tuesday night councillors gave the temporary eatery the green light.

Planning officer Leigh Palmer said, “The scheme is a simple design. provide a rest place for visitors drawn to the Wish Tower and provide a valuable venue for seaside refreshments.”

The granting of the temporary planning permission marks yet another chapter in the long and controversial saga over the Wish Tower Restaurant and Sun Lounge, which was allowed to deteriorate to such an extent there was no alternative except to demolish the building when the lessees finally handed the keys back.

That caused anger among residents and especially the family of former Eastbourne councillor Gilbert Foyle, who met most of the cost of building the original cafe and sun lounge as a memorial to those who fought in the Second World War.