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Applications open next week for new Town Board Chair

Eastbourne Borough Council will be accepting applications straight after the Easter holidays for the role of the Independent Chair for the new Eastbourne Town Board, which will see the government invest £20 million to help level up the town.

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Government guidelines state that the Chair should be independent, have a passion for the town, and understand placemaking.

This voluntary role will be filled following an application process involving an interview panel that includes the Leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Holt, and the MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon, Caroline Ansell. The panel will meet in the week commencing April 22.

Councillor Holt said: "I am very excited about the long term opportunities this £20 million investment into the town will bring over 10 years.

"Whilst Eastbourne Borough Council invites a Chair to form the Board, both Caroline and I agree that we should open this position up for nominations, so that we can have as diverse a range of candidates as possible.

"This is the first step to unlocking the funding, and I know that there are some outstanding candidates in our town. I'd encourage anyone interested to apply - this is a real opportunity to make a difference."

Caroline Ansell MP said: "I was delighted to secure this investment from the government because it has the potential to bring exciting regeneration projects to our town for years to come.

"The money from this fund will be more directly driven by local people's priorities than ever before and I already have ideas to feed in from my quick survey.

"As we start out, who will take up the role of chair is a very significant first step and I stand ready to undertake my role in choosing the person who will help drive it all forward."

The individual specification, details of how to apply, and closing date will all be posted on on Wednesday, April 3.  

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