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OUT IN THE FIELD: Traffic is a big sore point
For once – and for the time being – I am going to keep my opinions about Cavendish School pressing ahead with plans to build a new primary school on its playing fields to myself. I agree there is a severe shortage of primary school places and two Eastbourne schools have already had two extra classes forced upon them. But what I, along with countless others, am terribly uncomfortable with is the effect any increase in pupils at Cavendish will have on the current dire traffic problems in the area. Already, Eldon Road, Cobbold Avenue, Baldwin Avenue, Macmillan Drive, Milton Road, to name just a few are absolute nightmare roads at school drop-off and pick-up times. Eldon Road is a busy bus route and most of the time during peak hours it’s virtually impassable for two way traffic and the queues up to the traffic lights at the top are horrendous. Added to that, you have the parents who park over people’s driveways in the surrounding roads and a lack of double yellow lines in Eldon Road. Yes, the traffic lights could be re-phased but that is all dependent on the bus companies agreeing to it and for some reason they appear to call the shots with the local authorities and seem reluctant to change. The next step now is for town planners to decide whether it should go ahead and unfortunately, with a general and borough council looming next May, it is bound to turn in to one huge political hot potato. What needs to be kept in mind though through all of this is what is best for the children and what benefits it could bring for them.
 

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LETTER: We can voice an opinion about cycling at the ballot box
In 2013 NICE published a report stating that councils should develop safe walking and cycling strategies to encourage greater levels of fitness in the population. In 2016 it is hoped that DFT will have £600 million available to support more of these strategies. Hasting has fulfilled its duty to cyclists, their latest consultation states that their are no further plans for cyclists. Lewes have just started to build a multi-million pound pedestrian area from the station to the shopping centre. In Eastbourne meanwhile, we have no strategy or plans to encourage walking, instead, safe and comfortable walking has been taken from us by a carefully orchestrated campaign by Bespoke supported by our council. In 2015 our iconic, and safe walking promenade will be taken by cyclists (a long held target of Bespoke). Cyclists illegally use pavements across town with no threat of prosecution. Now Bespoke are targeting the tranquillity of Sovereign Harbour walkways which they wish to use for cycling. When will our council and MP support the NICE proposals to build safe walking areas in Eastbourne (and protect those that we already have)? They keep stating that Eastbourne is open for business, within 12 months as far as safe walking is concerned it will be closed for business. As for Bespoke I despair, they have no sense of community, just an undying desire to take every safe space available for walking and make it their own. Walkers are the majority voice in Eastbourne and next May we can voice our opinion at the ballot box.
 

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