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De La Warr triumph

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Rother District Council has done a remarkable U-turn and voted overwhelmingly to reject a search for a commercial partner and instead make a Lottery bid to extend and refurbish the De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill. At a meeting on Monday evening attended by more than 90 members of the public, councillors voted to move forward with a £4 million lottery bid for work on an extension to the building designed by John McAslan and Partners, rather than try and find a new partner after pub operator J D Wetherspoon gave up its plan to take over the building.Chairman of the Pavilion Trust Jan Wicks said: 'It's wonderful, wonderful news.But it's such a U-turn we're all looking for chinks in the decision.'

She added that she thought the strength of local opinion and campaigning and the fact that it was a 'political decision'had been a possible reason for the council's change of heart.

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