EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell is concerned that Eastbourne Borough Council’s bid for big government money may fail because the idea isn’t good enough.

Here’s her view: “The deadline for applying to the Government’s £4.8 billion Levelling Up fund is approaching and the borough council is putting the finishing touches to a bid that I need to endorse to give it the best chance of success.

Their lead proposal is for an art-based visitor attraction at Black Robin Farm.  I believe this idea has real merit in its own right but I am concerned whether it really is speaking to the criteria of the Levelling Up Fund. New jobs, apprenticeships, and work experience – all these are mission critical elements for me and need to be on the face on the Bid.  Connecting Black Robin Farm in its downland setting with the town centre is another pass or fail measure if the new attraction is to turbo boost our visitor economy on which so much of our town’s prosperity rests. 

I have worked with our vaccine programme team, Police Crime Commissioner and the Environment Agency boss about coastal defence plans to protect our town for the next 100 years.”