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A petition, signed by 468 people, with all their comments against the proposed development of the Beach Tavern site, here in Pevensey Bay, was handed in today to the offices of Wealden Council at 3:30pm, Monday 17 July 2017.—Bay Life

The petition titled “Save Pevensey Bay from the Developers—Stop the planners from approving this building” gave the opportunity for people to give their views of the development.

One view amongst all the submissions and objections stood out for many people.

On 8 May, Martin Beeney, who lives just 8.6 metres away from the proposed development with his family, signed the petition. He said, “it will be the beginning of the end for the village if this building goes ahead”.

The Wealden officer report recommends approval of the Beach Tavern development.

A letter from Wealden Council to local residents that have objected to the scheme begins, “I refer to the above planning application which is due to be considered by Members of the Planning Committee South on 20 July 2017. The meeting commences at 10.00am and will be at the Civic Community Hall, Wealden District Council Offices, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX.

Bay Life understands that the meeting is open to the public.

Wealden Council officially acknowledged receipt of the petition at 4:00pm., Monday 17 July.

A letter written by Head of Planning and Environmental Services, Kelvin Williams, to Mr. Montgomery of Timberlaine Road, who launched the petition as a resident of Pevensey Bay, said, “I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your letter on 17 July 2017, the contents of which have been noted and forwarded on to Mr L Kenebel, the officer dealing with this application. All comments received will be considered prior to a decision being made, however we are unable to respond to individual comments within letters owing to the volume of correspondence received.

“Please also note (where applicable) that you will be notified of the decision, once this has been made.

“Thank you for taking the trouble to write to the department about this proposal”.

Pevensey Bay waits to hear the result of the meeting this Thursday 20 July 2017, when so much appears to be at stake for the future of the village.