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OUT IN THE FIELD: If you don’t vote don’t moan
As election fever continues across the town and even more unsightly boards go up on fences and in gardens blotting the landscape, there’s been some interesting conversations in hostelries I have visited recently and sadly the most common theme seems to be people questioning why they should vote at all in the forthcoming elections. My mother never used to tell anyone how she voted: it was between her and the ballot box and I still don’t know to this day whether she was a die-hard Tory or a Leftie. But one thing she always drummed in to us was that we should vote and women had chained themselves to railings so we could take part in the democratic process. I have voted in every election I have been able to and find it a tad frustrating when people question whether they should vote at all, even more so this year because on May 7 Eastbourne voters will elect an MP to stand up for the town in parliament AND 27 members of Eastbourne Borough Council, which sets the council tax, provides services and facilities and makes big decisions about potential developments. Any discussion of voting, especially down the pub, brings out strongly held and popular beliefs to support the view everyone should vote because people in countries all around the world are fighting and even dying for the right to vote, people fought for our right to vote and if you don’t vote then you can’t moan when council tax bills get hiked up, services get cut and controversial developments get the go-ahead. But more importantly that old adage comes to mind: evil prevails when good men do nothing.
 

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LETTER: What message is being sent?
Why are the streets of Eastbourne so full of litter? For the last 15 years I have walked six miles a day and I am finding, in the last year, that every 10 metres I come across some discarded litter. Where are the street cleaners? The grassy areas of Cross Levels Way are particularly bad, a dumped bag of clothes being a recent addition. Indeed Cross Levels Way should be cleaned on a regular basis. What message is this sending out to our visitors from other towns/cities and countries.
 

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