What do you want on Eastbourne seafront?

The future of Eastbourne seafront is up for discussion
The future of Eastbourne seafront is up for discussion

A major consultation on what residents, business people and visitors want to see on Eastbourne seafront kicks off today (Friday July 17).

They are all being invited to have their say on a seafront strategy for the town with tourist accommodation, leisure and recreation facilities, accessibility, commercial uses, seafront activities, natural environment, built environment, community use, tourist attractions and facilities all on the agenda.

Councillors at last week’s cabinet meeting approved the launch of a consultation on the draft Seafront Local Plan which sets out a framework for the future development of the seafront area over the next 20 years.

The consultation will run from today until Friday October 9.

The summer has specifically been chosen as it is the seafront’s busiest period and it is hoped many people will take part in the consultation, which will be promoted at events and through Eastbourne Hospitality Association.

The draft plan presents a series of options for how the seafront could change in the future, based on a number of themes. People are asked to comment on which options they would like to be included in the final plan.

Margaret Bannister, the cabinet member for tourism and lesiure services, said, “The seafront is arguably the town’s greatest asset for the enjoyment of residents and attracting tourists, and is a major contributor to our economy. This plan identifies a vision for the future of the seafront up to 2035 and we would like residents and visitors to give their opinion about what they think are the most important factors to consider.”

To read and comment on the draft plan visit www.eastbourne.gov.uk/seafront, email planning.policy@eastbourne.gov.uk or call 410000 for details. Comments can also be sent in to Regeneration & Planning Policy, Eastbourne Borough Council, 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4TW.

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