EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell has admitted ‘there are still some questions’ about cladding.

The government has announced an extra £3.5 billion to help leaseholders in flats who have been hit with huge bills to replace dangerous ACM cladding identified following the 2017 Grenfell tragedy.

Caroline said: “I have campaigned for leaseholders to not foot astronomical bills – between fifty and ninety thousands pounds per flat in some instances and the government has listened and released this money for buildings over 18 metres.

This is very good news for a number of developments in Eastbourne and I thank the housing minister Robert Jenrick for listening to me and others on this important issue of fairness.

Post Grenfell, other fire safety defects have also been identified in local properties such as with wooden balconies, missing fire breaks or unsafe insulation.  

There are still some questions on how these are to be funded, not least in pursuing developers, and I will continue to champion local residents on this.”