Pevensey Castle will undergo much needed repairs and maintenance thanks to government funding for English Heritage.
Pevensey MP Greg Barker joined district and parish councillors at the castle on Friday (July 26) to welcome the good news.
Mr Barker along with Pevensey and Westham Parish councillors and Wealden District councillors Bill Tooley, Lin Clark and Dianne Dear has been pressing for English Heritage to commit to essential maintenance and repairs of the castle for nearly two years.
Last week Baroness Andrews, Chair of English Heritage, wrote to Greg to confirm that Pevensey Castle will be included in a new programme of conservation and maintenance in the National Heritgage Collection.
The government has given English Heritage a one off grant of £80million.
Mr Barker said: “I am really encouraged by the news from the chair of English Heritage that Pevensey Castle will now receive the care and attention it needs. This castle is of huge significance to our national heritage as it played a key role in the 1066 story being the landing site of William of Normandy as well as dating back to Roman times.
“I know that Pevensey and Westham Parish Councillors, along with our local Wealden District Councillors and I have long been pressing English Heritage to carry out essential maintenance and preservation work to the castle and consider ways of boosting visitor numbers to this beautiful corner of East Sussex.
“I am therefore delighted to also learn that English Heritage have agreed to meet with the parish council to discuss not only the maintenance work that needs to be done but also how they can work more closely with the local community to bring the castle back to life as a key visitor destination in the South East.
“I hope this is the start of a great local working partnership with English Heritage.”
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