Sussex hotelier forced to pay £135k for damaging SSSI

The owner of an Eastbourne hotel has been sentenced for illegal activity on a protected conservation site

Illegal structures such as this bridge pictured were built on Pevensey Levels. Credit: Natural EnglandAn East Sussex hotelier and landowner has been ordered to pay £135,000 for damaging an ancient coastal conservation site.

Sheikh Abid Gulzar, who owns Mansion Lions Hotel in Eastbourne, was sentenced in his absence on 23 September at Brighton magistrates court for undertaking illegal activities on the Pevensey Levels site of special scientific interest (SSSI). The land is a protected conservation site close to where the Battle of Hastings was fought.

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