EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell wants the LibDem Council to do better when it comes to housing in the town.

She says: “The best way to manage house building numbers is through the creation of the local plan. That local plan is in the hands of Eastbourne Borough Council. It is down to the council to successfully make the case for sustainable development.

It is also worth noting that Eastbourne Borough Council has never built anywhere near the number of homes identified under any formula to identify our local housing need. The actual number of homes built in Eastbourne each year is around 200.

For my part, I am lobbying the government for reform on empty homes, action on mothballed planning permissions and a VAT change which levels up conversion and renovation at 20% with demolition and new build at 0%.  If Councillor Shuttleworth could come forward with the number of homes he believes are required to meet local needs, I would be pleased to raise that also.

With over 1000 on the council’s waiting list, there is a serious unmet need. It is a huge shame that the council has not delivered the Bedfordwell Road development after all these years too.”