‘The pressure is now on Eastbourne Borough Council’ to bid for a’transforming’ new project and access millions of pounds from the government.

Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell said: “Another big part of the government’s support for the town comes in the shape of the £4.8 billion Levelling Up fund.

Eastbourne is a priority 1 area and up to £20 million is available to us, £50 million if it is a transport project.

There are also opportunities to max the fund by working with neighbouring councils and pooling bids. 

The criteria says any project needs the local MP’s endorsement to stand the best chance of success and the pressure is now on the council to come up with a bid and business case for a project which is transforming and deliverable if Eastbourne is to get this money.

There’s a future out there to reach for.”