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For Sale [Feb. 25th, 2017|10:06 am]
Tony Grist
It's in the news this morning that Eastbourne Council is planning to sell off the farmland around Beachy Head- which it purchased in 1929 with money raised by public subscription.

The idea was to hold the land in perpetuity, with strict controls over its use and guaranteed rights of public access.

Perpetuity turns out to mean less than a hundred years.

It so happens we were up on Beachy Head yesterday afternoon- and I was- among other things- admiring the plaques that record the purchase and thinking, "Well done, Eastbourne."

This morning my opinion of the town and its Council is a little less enthusiastic.


[User Picture]From: heliopausa
2017-02-25 12:09 pm (UTC)
That is a blinking outrage - the sell-off.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-02-25 12:54 pm (UTC)
It is.

This is the work of people who only think in terms of cash in hand.
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From: cmcmck
2017-02-25 02:47 pm (UTC)
They could well be on dodgy ground legally.

When Medway council tried to sell off an area of public land known as the 'Great Lines' in Gillingham they came badly unstuck when it was pointed out that it wasn't them that owned in but the people of Gillingham.

The same happened with 'Backfields' in Rochester.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-02-25 03:17 pm (UTC)
Now that would be good...

They're consulting the people of Eastbourne- and I hope they'll give their Council a resounding "No."

Talk about selling off the family silver.

They want £25 million. That's probably too steep for the National Trust.
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From: drogothecat
2017-02-25 03:41 pm (UTC)
How much?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-02-25 04:21 pm (UTC)

You thinking of putting in a bid?
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2017-02-25 08:28 pm (UTC)
Outrageous ! !
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-02-25 08:36 pm (UTC)
It's not a done deal. Lets hope it gets kicked into touch.
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