By Caroline Ansell MP

We can now get on and spend a good slice of the £20 million Levelling Up money from the government following the granting of this permission.

The money will transform Black Robin Farm and make it a world-class tourist cultural and artistic destination and add hugely to Eastbourne’s offer. Crucially it will attract visitors all year round.

It will also become a beacon of education and arts for our town and importantly allow for crucial job opportunities and apprenticeships for our young people – a huge part of the Levelling Up process – with East Sussex College a vital part of it and onboard.

I have backed this project from the beginning. I endorsed it and I spoke to ministers about it. I look forward to seeing spades in the ground as another government funded project comes to life in our town.

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