THERE will be no WynterCon in Eastbourne in 2024.

It’s moving to Hastings – and Andy Kybett is furious.

He has put the blame on Eastbourne Borough Council for the move.

He said: “The tough decision to relocate for WynterCon XI was driven primarily by the unsustainable increases in our venue costs.

Our hire costs for Eastbourne’s Winter Garden, our traditional venue, suffered a steep increase of 58% in 2023. The fees quoted for returning in 2024 took a further 33% leap.

Despite our best efforts to negotiate over the last two months, the increase in hire fees stood firm. As an event that prides itself on raising funds for a local Eastbourne charity whilst keeping our ticket prices accessible, incurring almost £25k in venue costs alone is simply not viable.”

Hastings Station Plaza Campus is the new venue.

Andy said: “Sadly, moving away from Eastbourne might mean losing some of our long-time supporters. However, we also see this as an opportunity to welcome new faces in Hastings, broadening our community. We’ve ensured the new venue is accessible. The modern campus is built in the middle of Hastings, right next to a train and bus station – so getting to the venue could not be easier!”