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OUT IN THE FIELD: Speak now on the future of Aldi
Refreshed and recharged after a few days visiting the rellies in Ireland, it’s always lovely to get back to Eastbourne and particularly to see the cranes up and at ‘em removing the burnt out structure of the former Blue Room. Not so good, however, to see council planning officers are advising councillors to turn down ALDI’s plans to open a supermarket opposite Morrisons in Lottbridge Drove. But before anybody starts throwing rotten apples at said planning officers, they’re only toeing the party line laid down by councillors many moons ago that the area could only be used for light industrial use and not retail outlets. The advice given by council officers is just that, advice, and the councillors who make the final decision on Tuesday can either take it or leave it. The vast majority of the local shopping public have welcomed the ALDI plan for a building that has been empty for five years plus. So, if you want to see ALDI give the leading supermarkets a run for the money, get on to your local councillor pronto and make your feelings known.
 

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LETTER: Poppy Appeal is a duty and a pleasure
As an ex-national serviceman, I regarded helping with the poppy appeal both a duty and a pleasure. Much credit must go to David Smedley, the organiser and his colleagues. Many early mornings and late nights were endured. Even though poppy appeal week is over, their hard work continues. As for my small part, I was located at the station, and I have to say I was humbled by the generosity of not just the residents of Eastbourne, but also the visitors. The culmination of my week was of course the service of Remembrance at the war memorial. What a pity the sound system wasn’t working. I, and I’m sure most the spectators, didn’t hear a single word of the Lady Mayor’s reading, and only a few words from the Rev. Kimberly because of his stronger voice. Food for thought indeed for the organisers of next year’s ceremony.
 

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