Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
poliphilo

For Sale

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.





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