The eventual appointment of a cabinet member to be responsible for Property and Heritage Assets has been dubbed ‘incompetent’ by Conservatives on Eastbourne Borough Council.

Conservative Group leader, Cllr Robert Smart, said of the news that Helen Burton had been selected to fill the newly-created role: “After years of neglect, finally our limp LibDem council wake up to the importance of heritage assets in our seaside town which relies so much on visitors and tourism.”

Above all, the Conservatives have joined with seafront campaigners to call into question the timing of the appointment by the LibDem authority. “It is now an incredible four months since Conservative Councillors drew attention to this neglect in Full Council and only three weeks before a LUF2 bid for up to £50m needs to be submitted. Incompetent”, highlights Cllr Smart.