Plans revealed for Eastbourne WRVS site

WRVS Russell Centre in Hyde Road, Eastbourne (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-160713-140326008
WRVS Russell Centre in Hyde Road, Eastbourne (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-160713-140326008

A blueprint to knock down the WRVS Centre in Eastbourne town centre and replace it with three four bedroom houses has been unveiled.

A planning application submitted to Eastbourne Borough Council’s planning department asks for permission to demolish the Russell Centre and build a terrace of three three-storey houses with private gardens in Hyde Road between West Street and Calverley Road.

The centre is currently home to a wide range of community groups mainly for the elderly which the RVS, as it is now known, says will be relocated to other venues.

The RVS says it is directly competing with a local branch of Age UK operating out of the Ventnor Centre in Junction Road and moving its services will reduce what it calls local duplication between the two charities.

A spokesperson said, “The RVS is also developing a new community engagement outreach project where it will be working in local communities to establish volunteer led sustainable community groups around Eastbourne town centre.”

The proposed development has attracted complaints from residents living in the Little Cheslea area who say residents’ parking is already an issue in Hyde Road, Calverley Road, Camden Road and York Road.

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