Lions removed from Pevensey Marsh

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STATUES of lions standing at the entrances to three areas of farmland in Wartling Road on Pevensey Marsh were removed this week – but the owner wants to find them a new home.

The 4ft-high white lions were put up two years ago by Sheikh Abed Gulzar, chairman and managing director of Eastbourne’s Lion Hotels group, who also farms several hundred acres of land across East Sussex.

They had become a familiar feature and talking point along the road between Pevensey and Wartling, but Wealden District Council considered them out of place and ordered their removal.

A planning inspector, who heard an appeal by Mr Gulzar last September, supported the council, saying the stone lions were ‘unsuited’ to the remote surroundings.

Mr Gulzar had considered taking the matter to the High Court, but finally decided to remove the lions from their gateposts. However, he is keen to see them find a new role in a public location in the area and would welcome approaches from interested parties.

Mr Gulzar said: “Many people told us that they found nothing objectionable about the lions. In fact they had become something of a landmark.

“But we are a responsible business and recognise that planning regulations must be followed.”

The lions will be stored in a barn on the Pevensey Marsh for the time being, but Mr Gulzar hopes they can find a new home in due course.

If you want a ‘lion’ phone Peter Hawley on 01323 727411.