Upset over prom car rides

Phil Power from The Vintage Motor Co: SUS-140731-101236001
Phil Power from The Vintage Motor Co: SUS-140731-101236001

The owner of a popular seafront motoring attraction is appealing to the council to give him the permission he needs to be able to operate rides along the prom.

Phil Power of the Vintage Motoring Company based in Polegate wants to secure two parking spaces either at the Wish Tower car park or outside Eastbourne Pier for his 1927 Rolls Royce called Fanny and his 1923 Willys Overland so he can continue driving tourists on trips along the town’s seafront.

Mr Power said he has been in constant talks with the council and met all the requirements but is still waiting for official permission from the authority.

He says that he may be forced to move the attraction to either Brighton or London next year if he does not get the go ahead.

The trips, on the road along the seafront and back to the Wish Tower, start at £10 per person and have proved popular with holidaymakers and residents alike.

Phil said, “We want people to enjoy the ambience and elegance of Eastbourne through the medium of chauffeur-driven vintage cars.

“Both cars are registered private hire vehicles. Interest is high but we need a defined base.”

Phil said he has complied with the council’s request that he buy parking permits and public liability insurance but has been told he needs “legal permission”.

“We are a family-owned business where customer service and satisfaction is paramount,” said Phil.

“We are also passionate about Eastbourne and want to show it off. The rides are very popular. People enjoy going along the seafront and back and we tell them about the great places in Eastbourne there are to go and point out things of interest along the way.

“I have been to London to look into setting up there and also to Brighton. We don’t want to go down that road but may have to if we don’t get anywhere with the council locally. This is a great attraction for Eastbourne and we want to stay here.”

A council spokesperson said, “We have been in discussions with Mr Power and are arranging a further meeting to see if we can assist with his business idea.”