EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell MP said yesterday she was disappointed about the confirmed closure of the University of Brighton’s Eastbourne Campus.

“I am very disappointed but not surprised at this news. However, I do firmly believe there is an opportunity for our town going forward despite this loss.

The first challenge is to mobilise with local stakeholders to safeguard important community assets like the university’s gym and pool to ensure their continued use.

Secondly, I will be working with East Sussex College around developing future learning opportunities. I am confident the town can remain a place with good options for top-quality education.

I hope to meet with the university’s vice chancellor as soon as possible to better understand the situation and how we can move forward at their sites, safeguard those community assets we need and then work locally to develop other learning options.”