An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of Seaford Town Council was held last week to discuss the Lewes District Council proposals to build on Buckle Car Park.
More than 250 residents attended the meeting on Wednesday, August 19, where the Mayor agreed to extend public participation for an hour, so as to allow members of the public to voice their opinions on the proposal.
Lewes District Council plans to build a housing development on the seafront site as part of its scheme to provide 415 new homes in the district, on 30 council-owned sites.
Various valuable points were raised by members of the public, ranging from the validity of LDC proposals,the fact the list of sites was kept secret for two years and were deemed confidential by LDC until they were announced in May 2015; to the loss of a vital community asset.
Seaford Town Council agreed a motion as follows: “While new housing is much needed across the District, we urge LDC to listen to the wishes of Seaford residents and halt its proposed plans to develop on Buckle Car Park , a valuable community asset. We urge the Cabinet of LDC at its next meeting to rethink its proposal to build on this site.
“Seaford Town Council will write to the Secretary to State regarding the way LDC handed its New Homes proposals and kept it secret from the public for over two years. The town council will seek to play a leading role in campaigning to oppose the New Homes proposal by writing to other local councils and work with them to oppose the developments.”
Councillor Sam Adeniji said: “It was good to see so many people turn out to make their feelings known, it shows the strength of feeling in the town against Lewes District Council’s proposal.
“We hope residents are assured Seaford Town Council is working for the benefit of Seaford and will continue to be vociferous in our opposition to the plans to develop on the Buckle Car Park.”
For more information on the New Homes proposal, including plans for the other site in Alfriston Road, Seaford, visit www.lewes.gov.uk.
The next consultation will take place on Tuesday, November 3 (4.30pm) at the Downs Leisure Centre, Sutton Road.
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