OUT IN THE FIELD: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Thanks to one of our intrepid newshounds for this photograph of Sammy the Sovereign Harbour seal enjoing lunch

Thanks to one of our intrepid newshounds for this photograph of Sammy the Sovereign Harbour seal enjoing lunch

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The sun may still be splitting the rocks outside but allegedly it’s just 92 days until Christmas. With that in mind, organisers of the Little Chelsea Little Christmas event are asking for help in making this December’s bash, which is on over two days on Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3, the best ever and are appealing for acts to take part. So, if you’re a drummer or DJ, singer, dancer, band, street act and want to get involved in the charity event for free, visit www.littlechelseaeb.co.uk to pledge your support.

And while we are on the subject of Crimbo, the “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” prize goes to The Buccaneer in Compton Street which had a Christmas tree and lights in its porch within days of the beginning of September while Sainsbury’s celebrated one of the hottest days of the year by putting out their stock of festive fare.

It would appear I may have touched a nerve in last week’s column when I called Wealden leader Bob Standley impolite for refusing to allow Eastbourne council leader David Tutt to speak at a planning meeting which could have seen 425 homes built on Wealden land with residents taking advantage of all of Eastbourne’s facilities and services. Mr Standley defends his position in this week’s letters page and says I was wrong. I’m always willing to put my best lipstick on, apologise and fall on my sword if I am wrong. But David Tutt maintains that is not the case and tells me that Mr Standley must have forgotten he asked to speak at the meeting during a chat between the two men at County Hall. Mr Tutt goes on to say that the decision to prevent him from speaking as a statutory consultee may be true, had this been an Eastbourne committee with Mr Standley asking to speak he would have intervened if necessary to do the gentlemanly thing and say yes.

I don’t mind the gold coloured paint on Eastbourne Pier because I think the seafront landmark looks a whole heap better than it did but I do like the point so eloquently made by former councillor and the council’s heritage champion Rebecca Madell at Tuesday’s night’s meeting of Eastbourne’s planning committee. Mrs Madell is aghast at Mr Gulzar painting parts of the pier and then applying for retrospective planning permission. Her tongue lashing must surely be the quote of the week, “Some people say the pier now looks more fun,” said Mrs Madell. “It would be fun to paint Buckingham Palace in fluorescent pink. It would be fun to paint a beard and moustache on the Mona Lisa. It might be momentarily fun, but it is also criminal damage.”

Finally this week, many thanks to one of our intrepid newshounds who would rather remain anonymous who sent in the lovely photo of Sammy the Sovereign Harbour seal, as he is affectionately known by locals, enjoying his lunch one day this week.

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