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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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LETTER: Eastbourne is becoming squalid and dangerous
Cyclists are becoming a total menace on Eastbourne’s promenade and unless legislation is introduced immediately to prevent them using the promenade it is inevitable there will be a fatal accident. I witnessed coaches arriving by the pier between noon and 12.30pm, and the arrivals were mainly elderly people and some were disabled. The coach drivers were valiantly trying to help these people, some of whom had wheelchairs in the boot of the coach. However, cyclists were attempting to ride on the pavement causing consternation amongst the arrivals. These cyclists then proceeded to ride upon the wider promenade from the pier to the bandstand and beyond. I counted five in five minutes. This also resulted in holidaymakers being scattered in some disarray. This has got to be stopped now, not next month, not next year. During the so called continental markets cyclists also attempt to mingle with shoppers; some I fear are up to no good. And as regards markets, are the council aware that Eastbourne is being labelled the Petticoat Lane of the South East? Only the current markets on Wednesdays and Sundays in the town are nothing like Petticoat Lane. Have the continental markets, of which we seem to have a number each month, ever seen the continent? It does result in visitors not being able to see the sea. Many have told me that they came here to get away from markets and shopping. We have a market in the Enterprise Centre, or have the council forgotten this location? Eastbourne is becoming squalid and dangerous. Of course making money is the main aim of the exercise, but money is not everything. It can be lost as well as gained. 1
 

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