SEAFORD: Don’t knock down the Beachcomber!

AN ANGRY resident has vowed to fight the decision to allow Seaford’s last remaining seafront pub to be demolished.

Lynette James is determined to overturn the recent ruling which saw the plans to redevelop the Beachcomber site approved on appeal.

The controversial proposals – which will see 50 care apartments and a building for 10 age-restricted apartments for the frail elderly built – had outraged much of the community who want to retain the leisure facility.

Mrs James, who has lived in the town since 1959, only recently learned of the Beachcomber decision after returning from holiday.

The 58-year-old said, “We’re a town of 25,000 people who want to retain the only pub on the seafront and do not want another block of flats to house the poor and the vulnerable elderly people – do they want to be stuck in high rise flats?”

The Westdown Road resident has emailed Eric Pickles, the secretary of state for communities and local government, about the matter.

She added, “I’m very angry about what has been going on.”

The recent appeal followed two applications which were put forward by McCarthy & Stone.

The first application asked for a mixture of three, four and five storeys while the second planned a six storey building. The latter scheme was favoured by inspector Paul Jackson.

A number of previous planning applications for the site had been rejected.

With the latest proposals being given the go-ahead, concerns over how healthcare services will cope have again been highlighted.

After hearing the news that the appeal had been upheld, leader of Seaford Town Council Councillor Ian White said it was a sad day for Seaford.