VIDEO: Protestors march through the streets of Lewes

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Dozens of people took to the streets of Lewes this afternoon (Wednesday, October 14) to march against plans to build hundreds of new homes across the district.

Protestors from Seaford, Newhaven, Peacehaven and East Chiltington held banners in the air and chanted ‘hands off our assets’ as they walked from Lewes train station to the East Sussex County Council offices.

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New Homes protest SUS-151014-153617001

Councillor Sam Adeniji said: “The march shows the strength of feelings in Seaford against the Lewes District Council’s proposals to sell Buckle Car Park.

“Buckle Car Park provides much needed parking West of Seaford, many disabled visitors find Buckle Car Park especially useful for assessing the beach West of Seaford.

“I hope Lewes District Council will listen to the concerns of the people of Seaford and safeguard the parking and toilet facilities that are currently provided at the Buckle Car Park.”

A spokesperson from Lewes District Council said: “In recent weeks, senior council staff have met with local groups in Seaford including the Seaford Seniors Forum and the Seaford Residents Voice to discuss the proposed development at The Buckle car park.

“We will continue to consult with local people and we are holding a second public consultation event in Seaford on Tuesday, November 3 at the Downs Leisure Centre from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

“This project is about building much needed new homes in our district and raising funds to build affordable homes. We are listening to residents’ concerns about the loss of parking and public toilets at The Buckle and working to find a solution to these issues.

“The planning application has not yet been submitted and when it is will be subject to the usual planning procedures.”

See Friday’s Sussex Express for more photos and reaction.

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