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Calls for airshow to be grounded
Eurofighter Typhoon jet
The Airbourne show welcomed the Eurofighter Typhoon jet in 2005
Calls are being made for an airshow in an East Sussex town to be scrapped after its main sponsor pulled out.

The Eastbourne Airbourne will mark its 14th year in 2006, but the local Green Party said the event "has had its day".

The withdrawal of the Civil Service Motoring Association (CSMA) was a "60,000 body blow" to the borough council, the Eastbourne Greens said.

The council said there were no plans to pull the plug on the airshow and new sponsors were being sought.

The CSMA ended its six-year period as principal sponsor before Christmas, but will continue to have a "commercial participation" in the show.

Airshow review

The Eastbourne Green Party criticised the environmental and economic impact of the airshow before it was staged in 2005.

Traffic gridlock was caused by the Airbourne, while day-trip visitors "spend little or no money in the town", the Greens said.

"Our events programme needs to deliver visitors who stay long enough and return often enough to keep our hotels, restaurants and seafront attractions busy for more than a long weekend in the middle of summer," said spokesperson Clive Gross.

The airshow is currently the subject of an ongoing review by the council's Scrutiny Committee.

Local residents are being asked for their views on its "true value".

However, this year's Airbourne is already scheduled to take place between 17 and 20 August.

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