EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell has expressed concern at how the LibDem borough council is managing its financial rescue plan.

She said: “I spoke to local government finance minister Kemi Badenoch who is responsible for Eastbourne Borough Council’s financial rescue plans and we will meet again. This briefing will be particularly important as it has proved difficult for me to get information from the council about its plans.

The council enlisted me to speak favourably to the government over its position last year and I did but going forward, transparency and communication are vital.

I also think when it comes to the council selling off land or properties to fill the shortfall, there should be public engagement. The attempt to sell off the downland in 2016 shows how important this is.”