Group hopes Sainsbury’s plan stalled

Albert Parade campaigners
Albert Parade campaigners

Old Town campaigners battling plans to build a new Sainsbury’s on the site of The Drive pub are hoping that no news is good news.

The group believes that plans ‘appear to have stalled’ after meeting up to discuss the next step.

Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd said, “It was a useful meeting last Saturday at my house in Old Town, not least as we were able to receive an update on the traffic survey the team tan on the junction of Albert Parade and The Drive pub before Christmas.

The results are pretty strong and the committee agreed the detailed survey should be formally presented to the county council at its next meeting.

“It was agreed that Old Town’s County Councillor John Ungar will be handing over the survey as a formal document and I am delighted that he has agreed to do so.

“The quality of the traffic survey is testimony to the dedication of the Albert Parade Committee and I am also very grateful for the seven volunteers who gave their time to monitor the traffic movement.

“Four shifts over two days in the week have given us a level of data that Highways at the County Council simply cannot ignore!”

Cllr Janet Coles said,“Other than the hard work local residents have put in our traffic survey there is not much to report. “Sainsbury’s have not yet signed the lease and the council tell me that everything seems to have gone quiet.

“I suppose this means that any delay is good news but I and the MP will keep pressing for information as to the developer’s future plans!”

Mr Lloyd added, “We always knew it would be difficult as the planning law, going back decades, is with Sainsbury’s on this. However, by delaying months past when building work should have happened I continue to have hope. Local residents and traders continue to be really supportive which is brilliant. Meanwhile, I shall also be sending the traffic survey to Sainsbury’s.”