Public consultation on the future of the Eastbourne Downs
Eastbourne Borough Council will be holding a public consultation day about the future management of the Eastbourne Downs on Wednesday 6 November in Eastbourne Town Hall.
You can drop in anytime between 12pm and 8pm.
Following an initial consultation in January, this is an important opportunity to influence the Council’s plans for protecting and enhancing the Eastbourne Downs through the production of a Whole Estate Plan. Much more detail should be presented this time, so Sussex Wildlife Trust will be attending and we are encouraging as many people as possible to drop in on the day.
The Eastbourne Downs Estate is a fantastic public resource and as such it should be managed for public benefit. The Sussex Wildlife Trust wants a Whole Estate Plan which prioritises:
- Fully restoring our damaged downland, recovering our rare chalk grassland with its wonderful wildlife
- More sensitive, chemical-free agriculture, to protect our chalk aquifer drinking water
- Managing the urban fringe woodland to create a diverse mixed woodland that enhances wildlife and captures CO2
- More quality public access and accessibility across the Downs, not just confined to the coastal strip
- An improved visitor experience, extolling the wonders of what should be the jewel in Eastbourne's crown and a gateway to the South Downs National Park.
Please drop in and make your voice heard. This is a precious resource that should be protected and enhanced for long-term public benefit.