NEW homes will not be built on the University sites in Meads and Sovereign Harbour.

That was the pledge yesterday from Eastbourne Borough Council.

Council Leader David Tutt said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Secretary of State has agreed with us and we can now take Fisherman’s Green out of the strategy as we have always wanted to and keep it as a recreational and leisure space.

“Furthermore, as Mr Gove said the withdrawal was ‘the council’s decision alone’, then we intend to use this power to remove other sensitive sites from the strategy such as the farmland on Pevensey Levels, the University sites in Meads, the Sovereign Harbour (in order to maintain the cross party promise that the council gave to residents) and the low level farmland on the fringes of Eastbourne Park.”

It couldn’t be clearer – and residents will be delighted.