Pebsham Motor Racing Circuit
During 1954, there were plans put forward for approval to develop land adjacent to Pebsham Farm as a motor-racing circuit. The plans were extensive and expensive with the work estimated to cost £175,000, including space for not only the track but all the associated facilities including a 'hover-plane landing pad'; this being designed to permit landings of helicopters. In terms of capacity, the circuit had space for 70,000 spectators and parking spaces for 10,000 vehicles.
There were a number of objections to the plans, key of which were Bexhill Town Councils rejection of the plan as being detrimental to Bexhill's reputation as a seaside resort.
The main objections from Bexhill Town Council were:-
- It would have removed agricultural land
- The track would be detrimental to Bexhill as a seaside resort
- The approaches to the site were deemed unsatisfactory
- The increase in traffic volume was seen as excessive
- Bexhill Town Council had rejected the plans (some of the affected land was in their borough).
As a result, the plans were rejected when they went to the County Council for approval. An unsuccessful appeal was lodged against the refusal.
The plans were re-visited in 1958, however feelers put out to Bexhill Council suggested that the mood had not changed with regards to this idea.