Liberal Democrat Councillor Carolyn Lambert welcomed the reply to her question about trees in East Sussex.
Councillor Lambert explains: “I have consistently raised with the County Council the question of trees in Seaford. We are losing many of our lovely tree-lined roads and instead seeing unsightly stumps. East Sussex County Council has now applied for the maximum grant of £300,000 from the government’s fund for tree planting. If this is successful, the money will all be spent in Seaford.
"I am delighted by this response and very much hope that the bid will be successful”.
Conservative MP Maria Caulfield has repeatedly failed to answer questions about the planning blight at Talland Parade Seaford which has now been in place ever since the Conservative administration approved the planning application in January 2012.
Councillor Carolyn Lambert explains: “Maria Caulfield and Cllr Sam Adeniji continue to claim that Lewes District Council could take action to remove the planning blight by forcing the developer to complete the project.
"However, they repeatedly fail to specify exactly what action they believe the Council could take. Nor can they give any examples of councils elsewhere with similar problems who have successfully solved them.
"If Maria Caulfield and Cllr Adeniji have relevant information, then they should pass this on to the District Council. Otherwise, they should stop misleading residents. In addition, Maria Caulfield needs to lobby her government for an answer to the letter sent by the District Council to the Secretary of State asking for enhanced powers.
"Given the proposed planning reforms, this situation can only get worse with more examples of planning blight appearing as developers rush to take advantage of the Tory licence to build and projects are left half-built”.