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VIDEO: Eastbourne continues to be major UK hotspot as hoteliers report bumper year
Eastbourne’s guest house owners are lobbying the local council for the right to convert some of their empty rooms into holiday lets in order to boost dwindling profits. There are 71 guest houses in the town and most, like Eastbourne’s hoteliers, say business is booming. But with online agencies taking up to 20 per cent of each room rate in booking fees, guest house owners say they are being forced to look at other ways to make money during the winter months. 1
 

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Out in the Field: Lidl out of favour with drivers
Oh dear, Lidl appears to have upset the cheap and cheerful apple cart by introducing a £90 fine for shoppers who stay longer than 60 minutes in the car park. It’s been introduced apparently to stop the Tollgate School mums and dads from parking there during the school run in the mornings and afternoons. Well, I don’t know about other people but my school run consists of pulling up outside the school, opening the doors and pushing the Little Treasures out before driving off at high speed towards Beckett Towers. Most people’s school runs don’t take an hour so that argument from Lidl is totally ineffective. The other thing is that if you are shopping in Lidl then, like me, you are doing so because you are on a pretty tight budget so trying to sting somebody for a 90 quid fine – or £45 if you pay within two weeks – is a tad rotten. That aside I do believe, thanks to our friends at Eastbourne Citizens’ Advice Bureau, these penalty notices aren’t worth the paper they are written on and are unenforceable in the eyes of the law. Just as well as the majority of people who have been in touch since receiving one have absolutely no intention of paying them anyway.
 

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