THE borough council has put in its £20 million bid to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund.

Here’s Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell: “For the bid to have its best chance of success it needed my endorsement, which I gave on Friday.

It is the combined work of many key organisations in the town and supported by the Eden Project with whom we hope to work ever more closely in the years to come.  

Elements of the proposal have real potential to bring transformation and link the downland to the seafront and the seafront to the town centre – three important moving parts of the Eastbourne engine.  

Also, of importance is how this proposed investment compliments, completes and more fully realises the value of major recent infrastructure investments in the town including significant government investment in the development at Devonshire Park and substantial East Sussex County Council investment in the town centre. 

My concern from the start of the process has been for those who need new opportunities, skills and jobs to open up to them and I am pleased those concerns helped shape the final bid.

We need to make sure any investment has lasting benefit in Eastbourne and I am especially pleased to see new apprenticeship opportunities in the creative and digital fields, construction and land management. 

I look forward to seeing how the bid is received.”