Seafront ride steps up a gear with approval

Phil Power from The Vintage Motor Co
Phil Power from The Vintage Motor Co

The owner of a popular seafront motoring attraction has been given the first green light to operate rides along the prom.

Phil Power, of the Vintage Motoring Company based in Polegate, was this week granted permission for two parking spaces at the Wish Tower car park for his 1927 Rolls Royce called Fanny and his 1923 Willy Overland so he can continue driving tourists on trips along the town’s seafront.

In his latest bid to get the go-ahead he applied for planning permission to site a vintage AA box together with use of two adjacent parking spaces for the parking of vintage cars.

Lee Watson at planning specialists Challinor Hall, “The AA box would be used to book tickets for the excursions and provide a collection and drop off point. The AA box would also provide international visitors an opportunity to see a piece of British heritage and to find out these boxes were used.

“The vintage AA box and two allocated parking spaces would have very little impact on the Conservation Area and the vintage appearance has been considered appropriate for this part of the seafront.

“This attraction will contribute to the money being spent in the area especially during special events and during seasons where there is a higher volume of visitors to Eastbourne.”

Planning officers at Eastbourne Borough Council approved the application and said the granting of planning permission is only one part of the process for Mr Power to run his business.

A spokesperson said tourism managers and conservation officers had no objection to the AA box and the two parking bays will be at the bottom of the service road leading up to the Wish Tower. Mr Power now has to agree the vehicle licensing issue with the council.