Council officials insist the iconic landmark the Seven Sisters is not up for sale.
East Sussex County Council came in for criticism this week after reports circulated that the beauty spot was being sold off.
But deputy council leader and Eastbourne Conservative David Elkin insisted there were no plans to sell it and that officers were instead looking at management of sites it owns – including the Seven Sisters – and looking for interested organisations or charities to run them.
“We are not looking to make a capital receipt from this,” said Mr Elkin, “and they are not up for sale.
“What is much more important is the management of these sites and we are looking at the best way of doing this.
“In Rye, the nature reserve was taken over by Sussex Wildlife Trust and it has proved a great success.
“This is a draft strategy and we are excited by the possibilities.
“We want to do what is best for these sites and if there is genuinely someone else who can do it better then so be it.”